Thursday, December 8, 2011

Amerika Illustrated / United States Information Agency / 1963

The United States Information Agency published for many years during the Cold War Amerika Illustrated, a large (13.5 by 10.5 inches) glossy magazine which was sold in the Russian speaking Soviet Union. Issue eighty-three was devoted to graphic arts in America and was published in December 7, 1963 to coincide with a Moscow exhibition: Grahic Arts - USA. 
     This was a special edition of the magazine and it kicked off with a brilliant Saul Bass designed front and back cover printed on silver foil. The other special section was Carnival of the eye a center sixteen pages designed by Herb Lubalin. This had a fascinating look at American photography, typography, illustrations and logos from the late Fifties onward. The four sections were introduced by whole page photos. Of the ninety-five graphic items shown Lubalin had at least eight.


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