Covers for various clip books of line art issued in 1958 by Harry Volk Jr. Art Studio, Pleasantville, New Jersey. Just like with the booklets from previous (1955) and subsequent years (1960,1961), all typefaces used for these covers were available from Filmotype. The display faces are Filmotype originals issued by the American phototype company in the years before.
The covered themes and illustrations stem from a motherhood-and-apple-pie version of the United States in the 1950s, with merrily chirping birds, well-groomed men in suits, and smiling air hostesses. The only booklet that hints at a threat to this idyll is “The Space Age”, which can be read as a reaction to the Sputnik shock. All depicted people are white, and if a person of color is shown, then it’s in a racist way (not shown here).
2 Comments on “Clip Books of Line Art, Volk (1958)”
To me, the Animals cover seems to use Filmotype Giant instead of Univers Ultra Condensed. Besides, the latter font wasn’t released until the early 60's.
Good point! Agreed, and fixed.