Simply Splendid

I recently happened across a few random issues of the “London Mystery Magazine” (later “London Mystery Selection”). Interestingly, these covers seem to be a mixture of UK and US editions of the same title.

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Apart from being a jolly good read, I have a certain admiration for the rather splendidly designed covers. These issues are from the 1950sand 1960s, so they were perhaps a little ‘old fashioned’ even at the time.  That said, they are now, and I suspect were when published, undeniably eye-catching.

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That said, they are now, and I suspect were when published, undeniably eye-catching. To me, they demonstrate that good design can easily supplant today’s glossy photographic covers and perhaps they demonstrate that being a little ‘out of time’ can actually make a piece of design more eye-catching.

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Just a thought!

PJL

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Westward Ho!

Great Western Railway ‘Saint’ Class Express locomotive, No.171 ‘Albion’ sets out for the west country, circa 1912.  THis is another exploration of the use of the iPad Pro as a tool for ‘serious’ illustration.
Alright, I know it’s not a font, but great fun to do, and it probably will appear in future type specimens…