As I was perusing the internet this past week looking at 1950’s typography I stumbled onto something I find very, very cool (side note, here is a cool Flickr group I found with 50’s type that you might also enjoy). What did I find very, very cool? Julia Trigg’s work. Julia Trigg is an artist based in the UK who collects vintage tickets, postcards, and other paper objects that were originally meant to be short-lived items, and then turns them into beautiful typographic collages. For me, the best part of these art pieces is that they were created digitally, so that none of the original pieces were cut up and destroyed.
From her website, my favorite collection is Signals Prints. They are made from her vast collection of ham radio cards, dated from the 1920s to the 1950s. These cards were sent basically as a record that the Morse Code signal was received. The cards are all letter-pressed and colorful and when put together, they form some simply stunning imagery. Here are some of my favorites.