BibliOdyssey: Sanborn Fire Insurance Map Typography

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A collection of beautifully intricate, vintage typography by the Sanborn Map Company, ranging from 1880 to 1920.

More samples available on the BiblioOdyssey blog.

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Beauty in Black




A rich, dense texture full of detail, a generous and varied application of pigment, and plentiful curvy lines make these pieces both hardened by blackness and softened by graceful motion, resulting in a captivating mood. Illustrative art by Nanami Cowdroy.