Fire Insurance Map Typography, Pt.3

15 Jun

What I wouldn’t give to get my hands on one of these old booklets! I really want to know what they looked like on the inside. I’m also curious as to who they hired to design these. Was this a common skill? It seems like people back in the 1800s and early 1900s were just born with a natural inclination for beautiful handwriting and the ability to create jaw-dropping typography. I wonder who amongst us still has those inclinations and their ancestor’s skills are just laying dormant in their little minds. So sad. I wonder what these artists would create if they were alive today? I have strange daydreams, I know..but honestly, aren’t you the teensiest bit interested too?

More type to drool over inside the post!

Via Sheaff-Ephemera

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5 Responses to “Fire Insurance Map Typography, Pt.3”

  1. Aaron June 15, 2011 at 8:04 pm #

    I love these. So glad you did a 3rd in the series. The Columbia one seem so asymmetrical and ahead of its time.

    It would be awesome if you tried tagging your posts as public domain for things that are.

    Great site! Truly love it. 🙂 One of the best design inspirations I now have.

  2. Robbie June 15, 2011 at 8:35 pm #

    These are brilliant. Love the style in the Kansas City 1909 – very futuristic look.

  3. Solutions4Ink June 16, 2011 at 9:45 am #

    very nice! the craftsman ship is insane. you just don’t see this dedication to design anymore.

  4. Tami June 16, 2011 at 1:41 pm #

    You can see Sanborn maps in just about any decent university library, state library, and, often, in city libraries. The company was bought out by another who maintains copyright on what it can and makes its money (I believe) by selling scanned pages to researchers. Here’s a link to the copyright-free maps digitized by IUPUI:
    http://indiamond6.ulib.iupui.edu/sanbornJP2/
    Good stuff, indeed!

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