Sunday, January 4, 2009

Art and Type Illuminate Crane's History with Paper

As a company historian, I get to see some pretty cool things; especially with the historical pedigree of Crane & Co. One of my favorites is a large book with bound-in direct-mail folders created for Crane's Business Papers between 1921 and 1926. Displayed among these pages are illustrations of historical scenes from prominent advertising artists, and typography from some familiar names.

I have to admit, it took some research for me to understand who all these folks were, but even I recognized a few. I'd like to share some of these pieces with you, and will post them here from time to time. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

The first is titled Chinese Bank Notes. Designs by Rene Clarke. Typography by Frederic W. Goudy.