Deberny & Peignot type specimens

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Deberny & Peignot – Types from Paris c1960s?

Deberny and Peignot Type specimen booklet imported and distrubuted by Amsterdam Continental.

Includes:
Peignot – created by A.M. Cassandre and Charles Peignot, issued in 1937 for the Paris International Exhibition.

Meridien – Introduced in Europe in 1958-1959, created by Swiss type designer Adrian Frutiger.

Cristal – Designed by Remy Peignot, issued in Europe in 1957.

Jacno – Issued in Europe in 1952, designed by Marcel Jacno.

Ondine – By Adrian Frutiger, issued in 1957.

Rudolf Schucht cover design for Hoechst

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Cool cover by Rudolf Schucht for Hoechst News 65. I believe Hoechst News 65 was the in house magazine for the German life science company Hoechst AG (now Sanofi-Aventis). For the cover design Rudolf pulled elements from the articles contained within the magazine. The top two icons refer to Italian cuisine. The item below is an ampule of Salvarsan used in clinical testing against Syphilis. The background graph refers to work by Dr. Walter Seifried.

I couldn’t find much information on the graphic design work of Rudolf Schucht. If anyone knows anything about him, please send me an email or leave a comment.

Ringing in the new years with a hairy stamp

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Belgium stamp – 1970s – Lots of hair!

Happy New Years!
I hope everyone had a good time last night. Unfortunately, it was a chill night at home for myself, since I picked up a cold over the weekend.

We have some exciting new interviews and features that we will be posting over the next few weeks and months. Stay Tuned!

Happy Holidays! we’ll be back tuesday

Happy Holidays!
Grain Edit will be back to the regular posting schedule on Tuesday Jan. 1st

Have a great New Years eve!

Israel : Electronic computer stamp 1964

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Israeli first day cover stamp from 1964. Reel to reel electronic computer and punch card. This looks like some weird instrument that only Simeon from the Silver apples would know how to play or maybe Zamfir the pan flute guy. I bet he could play anything.

Swiss Modern ski resort brochure

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Grisons is the largest canton (state) in Switzerland. It is home to some of the best ski resorts in the Swiss Alps. The promotional brochure seen above serves as a guide to the ski resorts in the area.

No date listed, but most likely from the early 1950s. Printed by Orell Fussli in Zurich. We posted a map of Zurich produced by Orell Fussli a month ago. If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s worth a look.

Bauer Alphabets : Fortuna Type Specimen

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Fortuna or the typeface formerly known as Fortune also known as Volta first arrived on the scene in 1955. No wonder why the layout of the type specimen booklet seen above is yodeling with schizophrenia. This type face is having an identity crisis! Even if the name is confusing, the design is still beautiful.

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Erik Nitsche : General Dynamics annual report

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General Dynamics annual report 1958 designed by Erik Nitsche

Swiss hotels and freshly shaven polar bears

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Luggage label for hotel de l’ours – Geneva, Switzerland c1950s ?

This is exactly how I wanted to be greeted if I ever make it to some fancy Swiss hotel. I want freshly shaven polar bears with bow ties grabbing my luggage!

Henri’s walk to Paris : Designed by Saul Bass

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* Update – The long-awaited reissue is now available. Pick up a copy at Amazon or your local book store.

As far as I know this is the only kids picture book illustrated by designer Saul Bass. Saul provides a 60s pop color backdrop for the text written by Leonore Klein. The book was published by Young Scott books in 1962.

Henri’s walk to Paris is the story of young boy who lives in Reboul, France that dreams of going to Paris. One day, after reading a book about Paris he decides to pack up a lunch and head for the city. Along the way he gets tired and falls asleep under a tree. This is when the story really gets good. I’m not sure if I should spoil the end for you, but lets just say it involves a pencil stealing bird with a band aid on its face.

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