Thursday, September 15, 2016

nineteenth century poster faces: sans serif, slab serif, organic or parted serifs


as printed material began to branch out from the familiar realm of books, new typefaces were needed for use in advertising, posters, and flyers. slab serif printing type was first commercially introduced by Vincent Figgins under the name Antique, with copies of specimen dated 1815 and 1817,


Following Napoleon's Egyptian campaign and dissemination of images and descriptions via publications like Description de l'Égypte (1809) an intense cultural fascination with all things Egyptian followed.

Suites of contemporary parlor furniture were produced resembling furniture found in tombs. Multicolored woodblock printed wallpaper could make a dining room in Edinburgh or Chicago feel like Luxor.