Typography Tuesday: Highlights from the Al Parker Collection

For today’s inaugural Typography Tuesday post, we are looking at some of the excellent examples of hand-drawn typography in the Al Parker Collection. When looking at pieces in the Al Parker Collection, it becomes apparent how aware he was of both text and image and the need for both to work harmoniously together. Parker did not use one template to incorporate both hand drawn text and type into his work, but rather used a wide variety of strategies to incorporate both text and image into the overall layout. Below is only a handful of examples from the collection. The full digitized collection can be viewed on Artstor.

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Ladies’ Home Journal, May 1943

 

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Ladies’ Home Journal, December 1944

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Ladies’ Home Journal, February 1952

 

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Good Housekeeping, July 1955

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Good Housekeeping, February 1956

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Good Housekeeping, April 1956

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Cosmopolitan, February 1967

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Good Housekeeping, n.d.

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Ladies’ Home Journal, n.d.

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Good Housekeeping, n.d.

 

About the author

Andrea Degener is the Visual Materials Processing Archivist in the department of Special Collections at Washington University Libraries.