More Love Letters to Brooklyn from Steve Powers (ESPO) up in the Fulton Mall.
I wonder what it’ll look like when it fades.
Below: Fading ads from around the Fulton Mall
(even more ghost ads on VernacularTypography.com)
Steve Powers (ESPO) was commissioned by Macy’s to paint their parking lot on Livingston & Hoyt in Brooklyn. The piece, “Love Letter to Brooklyn” covers the ugly garage with shadowed block lettering and illustrations inspired by Downtown Brooklyn.
I love it.
I always look for airmail envelopes in stationery stores and flea markets, and found this beat up one a few weeks ago for $1.
It’s from a radioman third class stationed on the USS Chilton in the Pacific to his brother in the army, written in May of 1945 after learning that Hitler was dead, and Germany had surrendered.
I received a letter from you a few days ago and I’m glad to learn everything is O.K. with you.
As was the fact, I was fairly busy the last weeks and also mailing facilities weren’t available at times while being at sea. That is why you haven’t heard from me too often. However, every chance I had I wrote to you and you can expect more correspondence from me from now on, I hope. I’ll write as often as possible even tho there isn’t much to say (these letters are censored and censorship is very necessary) I believe that I told you I was in Leyte, Hawaii, Palau, Eniwetok and Ulithi and several other places. So you can readily see I’ve travelled in the last few months.
I learned today that the Russians had Berlin and Hitler was dead. All very good news. I hope it’s all over soon. Possibly the U.S. would shift all war efforts and materials to this area and shorten the war here.
I’ve seen enough enemy action to last me awhile. Lots to talk about when I get to see you.
I’ll say so long now and I’ll write soon.
Murray Zelman Rm 3/c”
In 1945, the USS Chilton was stationed in the Pacific. On May 9th (the postmark date of the letter) the Chilton was refueuling in Eniwetok, on its way from Okinawa to Pearl Harbor.
$1 well spent.
The Design Institute of Australia put a nice little news item about Vernacular Typography up on their website. You can read it HERE.
Some of my favorite book covers, found in random flea markets and bookstores in Barcelona, Buenos Aires, and Paris.
Vernacular Typography postcard sets now available.
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