Sunday, September 30, 2007
As an exercise - consider how one might be able to sense a faraway place or time , long ago - by using rather tangential, indirect methods.
Take these small, seemingly insignificant labels (called Book Trade Labels) - which are found most often affixed (rather solidly) to the inside of book covers the world over. Intended originally, merely to identify the publisher or seller of the book, do they perhaps, invoke more ?
Surely the design & typography - the character of the label, also incidentally tell us something beyond where it was made, or when, and even unknowingly, - something perhaps personal about the people it represented ?
Likely not, admittedly it's a huge perceptual leap to conjure up a bookstore in Barcelona or Peking in the 1920's, but I must admit that seems to be, what, precisely happens, everytime I look at them. Enjoy - click to enlarge
Posted by Radio Free Pescado at 1:15 PM