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Fortune Smiles Upon Us

Following the theme of sharing Magazine information - this site presents a lot of really cool information about Fortune Magazine, it's beginnings, the great covers and their artists as well as the fabulous information graphics that were a staple of the magazine in the thirties and forties.

The bulk of the info - the chronology, the cover images, the info graphics are primarily from the 1930's. Cover images shown are from some of the greats - including: Herbert Matter, Herbert Bayer, Fernand Leger, Joseph Binder and George Giusti

What the site lacks in logical IA and slick graphic design is made up for in the discovery of the subject matter. The covers alone are worthy of scrutiny for their use classic Poster compositions. Exploring the covers over time reveals the influence of the Bauhaus style and composition as it came to America and the collection shows that understanding business and money doesn't have to be dull.

Posted by erin at 12:08 AM | in History

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It may interest you to know that I have a book coming out in May that includes about 70 pages covering the design programs conducted by Herbert Matter on the New Haven and Boston & Maine railroads during the 1950s. My book, which is entitled "The New Haven Railroad in the McGinnis Era" (to be published by White River Productions), will include over 500 illustrations, including many examples of Herbert Matter advertising and design artwork that have never been published before. My book is the first effort to cover Matter's railroad design projects, which are often cited but never fully explained. See my web site for details.

Posted by Marc Frattasio at February 13, 2003 06:56 PM
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