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Paix – Catherine Ribeiro + Alpes

Contributed by Florian Hardwig on Oct 27th, 2019. Artwork published in .
    Paix – Catherine Ribeiro + Alpes
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    Letraset’s Camellia (1972) is not exactly a variable font. In fact, the rub-down type came in a single style only. And yet it was flexible enough to playfully place all text onto the tree’s bark. While the long band name is composed from Camellia’s narrow glyphs, the short album title exclusively features its wide forms.

    Paix (“peace”) is the fourth album by French progressive rock group Catherine Ribeiro + Alpes, released in 1972. Cover photo by Jean-Pierre Leloir (1931–2010). Printed by Imprimerie JAT. [Discogs]

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    2 Comments on “Paix – Catherine Ribeiro + Alpes”

    1. Iván Moreno says:
      Oct 28th, 2019  4:55 pm
      https://www.discogs.com/Catherine-Ribeiro-Alpes-Paix/master/205382
      www.discogs.com/Catherine-R…


      The interior features another use of the narrow glyphs with a wide question mark.

    2. Oct 29th, 2019  9:12 am

      Thanks for the addition, Iván! Yes, it looks like the question mark as well as other punctuation, currency symbols, and numerals were available in a single width only, see the glyph set posted by Matthijs in the other Use of Camellia.

      The left half of the gatefold artwork shows a blonde woman covered in green foam, emerging from a bath barrel, smiling, with a phone in her hand. The right half depicts a distressed mother and her children. The text above is a quote from Henry Miller’s The Time of the Assassins: “How much longer can we postpone the inevitable?” (in French: Combien de temps encore pourrons-nous ajourner l’inévitable?) This collage is a critical commentary on the Vietnam War.

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