Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Local Advertising & Design, Circa 1892

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This designs have roughly 5-10 different fonts each, hyphenation, and an excessive use of commas but still I'm 100% enamored by the styling of these advertisements dating from 1892. I found them while looking up my family's listings in the Lancaster, PA phone directory and they really make me yearn for learning the printing press (if only time was on my side). As a whole, you can tell the same group of men put together all of the ads in the directories as the look and feel of the book has an incredible continuity despite the eclectic nature of the design elements.