Ephemeral remains of Stephen Coles.
Writer, editor, typographer.
Oakland and Berlin.

Background image: BonBon Kakku
Title typeface: Times New Roman

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Posts tagged vintage

Cheque, from the Boston/Central Type Foundry catalog, 1892

New York circa 1903 (via Shorpy Historical Photo Archive)

“Simple Summary of Sausage: A Handy Get-Aquainted Guide for Young Housewives on the Goodness of Ready-to-eat Meats”
Published by the American Meat Institute
Appeared in Ladies Home Journal, August 1947 
(via File Photo)

Photomechanical Variations by Edstan: line screen, posterized, mezzotint.

(Scan by File Photo)

There was plenty of work for a sign painter in 19th-century New York.

Lower Hudson Street, Numbers 2, 3, and 5, ca. 1865. Photograph by Marcus Ormsbee, New York Historical Society.

Modern Reklame-Schriften (Modern Calligraphy in Advertising), ca. 1935

The Wolfsonian FIU Library Collection
Donated by Steve Heller

Posters promoting the magician Harry Kellar, ca. 1894–1900. Happy Halloween.

Produced by Strobridge Litho. Co. Found at the Library of Congress.

Specimens of chromatic wood type borders etc. manufactured by Wm. H. Page & Co., 1874 (via Columbia University Libraries)

Thanks,  Jesse Ragan

’Tis up to you!

“The poor printing is a great benefit to the chap who does good printing, for all work is either good or bad, by comparison, and the greater the comparison, the most extreme the goodness or the badness. The goodness of printing is not altogether dependent upon the material employed, but when that material is poor the product will come pretty near being the same.”

American line type book (ATF, 1906)

Konrad Adenauer Election poster, 1949
“With Adenauer for peace, freedom and unity of Germany, therefore CDU”

Narziß und Goldmünd (Narcissus and Goldmund) by Hermann Hesse, 1968 Suhrkamp Edition

Jacket by Hermann Zapf. I love it when Zapfy let loose! He also ignores the German eszett (ß) here (is that acceptable, Germans?). Also, u distinguisher.

Hélios Typeface Specimen
Fonderie Typographique Française

Monkey Brand Soap Advertising, ca. 1895 (via Wayside Mews Collectables)


Chocolates for Breakfast Book Covers

Since its publication in 1956, “Chocolates for Breakfast” has appeared in eleven languages, including French, Italian, Spanish, Hebrew, German, Japanese, and Swedish. It was a bestseller in the US, Italy, and France.
In the US, according to the Bantam paperback edition, it went through 11 printings and sold over one million copies.
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