Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Edgar Church Huff Show Card Lettering

I recently acquired these two show lettering cards by Edgar Church Huff (1888 – 1978).

Church maintained his art service studio in the Denver area from about 1910-1965, with the majority of his work – clichés, spot art and custom lettering, produced from 1918-1950. He also created numerous color paintings and landscapes during this time. He was hired on a freelance basis for variegated lettering styles, borders and pen and ink illustrations for ads running in the Colorado Yellow Pages.

Edgar Church was among the few who received a certain amount of acclaim – and some of that recognition today is thanks to Chuck Rozanski, an avid comics collector (drag queen) and founder of Mile High Comics. Church was one of the leading comics collectors in the 20s, 30s and 40s. The two disciplines, comics and graphic design/lettering, were intertwined — and comics splash panels certainly influenced his work.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Guided Missiles

One of many the strange things in my collection.
GUIDED MISSILES "Modern Weapons For the Modern Army"
16 page pamphlet publish by The united States Army and General Electric Company in 1970s.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Aretha Franklin by Milton Glaser

Recently, I acquired this Milton Glaser poster created for the November 1968 issue of the youth culture-focused Eye Magazine.

Eye Magazine only put out a total of 15 issues over its yearlong existence. The other artists featured on its poster inserts included Mick Jagger, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan, and the Beatles.

The National Portrait Gallery acquired an copy in 2011. It comes with a set of original instructions for removing it from the magazine, aimed at the magazine’s teenage readership (“tear carefully along the perforated line”).

Aretha Franklin posed with her portrait in the National Portrait Gallery in 2015.