American Trademark Designs

American Trademark Designs

For my first post here at Grain Edit, I’m going to share one of my favorite design books from my bookshelf: American Trademark Designs. Published in 1976 by Dover Books and written and compiled by Barbara Baer Capitman, this book is chock full of 732 delicious black, bold, and inky vintage logos. My favorite aspect of this book is that it showcases extremely recognizable logos that have been stamped into the back of our eyelids (IBM, Mr. Peanut, Pepsi-Cola, Playboy) right alongside rarely seen identities created by tiny firms for tiny companies. Some marks are also showcased next to their former, replaced versions, displaying the brand’s evolution.

I’ve scanned some of my favorite graphics to share with you. A portion of this book is also available for view in Google Books, but it’s much more interesting on paper.

Sunset Villas, luxury condominiums, a development of the International Group
. Design by Robert Myitray of Michael Sehack Advertising.

American Trademark Designs
Irwin Memorial Blood Bank. Designed in 1970 by Walter Landor Associates.)

Rohm and Haas, chemicals. Original wavy line and monogram used from 1917 to 1965.

American Trademark Designs
Vita Food Products, Brown & Williamson Company.
Designed in 1969 by Gould & Associates.

American Trademark Designs

Matlaws Food Products. Designed in 1971 by Gregory Fossella Associates.

American Trademark Designs

Channels 8 & 9, closed-circuit television in Miami. Designed in 1963 by The Brothers Bogusky.Peace Corps. Designed in 1972 by Sy Friedman Associates, Inc.

Peace Corps. Designed in 1972 by Sy Friedman Associates, Inc.

American Trademark Designs

Pax Roman, The Academy of Food Marketing, St. Joseph’s College. Designed in 1970 by Mel Richman, Inc.

American Trademark Designs

Deck House, Inc., prefabricators. Designed in 1963 by Leverett Peters Associates.


Also worth viewing:
Scandinavian Logos of the 1960s & 1970s
Stefan Kanchev logos
Wink Interview

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Great find! thanks for posting. I will be on the look out for this one whenever I am browsing a used book store.

I live in a 1968 deckhouse- looks like they still use that logo.

‘American Trademark Designs’ was one of the first identity design books I ever purchased. I got it the year it was published, while I was studying design in college. It is a great ‘time capsule’ of logo design at the time.

half-priced books!

This book is great. That’s where I got this logo from Goldsholl Associates:

gorgeous, what a gem of a book.

Great post. Great book. Thanks!

FYI – the pic for “Rohm and Haas, chemicals” is busted!

The mark for Deck House, Inc. was designed by Dietmar R. Winkler in 1963, a partner of Leverett Peters Associates, Boston, Massachusetts.

Dietmar R. Winkler |

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