Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Typography of Maps


These pieces are from the collection of Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, created between 1880 and 1920. I think the typography on them is AMAZING! It's hard to believe that such advanced and detailed type was even possible that long ago. When you look at pieces like this, it almost seems as if we have taken a step backwards in typography. If you click on the link above, there are so many different cities that they created these pages for and they are all beautiful. These were two of my favorites.

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