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Location: Jacksonville, Florida, United States

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Richter & Co.,
the great
Italian printer

The poster at right was recently offered for sale by a New York auction house and what struck me was how similar it is to the small format luggage label below. Can you guess what else is common about both of the items?

They were both printed by Richter & Co. of Naples, Italy and designed by two of thier greatest artists, Mario Borgoni and J. Paschal. If you look
closely you can see Mario's monogram in the left hand margin of the poster. The luggage label has the "JP" monogram in the extreme lower left hand corner. Both monograms are commonly seen on Richter labels from this period. More on Richter labels in future posts!

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