Vintage WS Cowell,
This review is from: Do You Want it Good or Do You Want it Tuesday?: The Halcyon Days of W.S.Cowell Ltd. Printers (Paperback)
It was a pleasure to discover this interesting account of vintage WS Cowell and the geniuses who were Geoffrey Smith and John Lewis, as well as some of the books realised that meant so much to a generation. At their retirement, Smith, Hanson and Scott left a heritage of a talented team of craftsmen and women (the company was some 700 souls) in part led by a smattering of northerners such as Bill Ogden and Ray Lumb, assisted by state-of-the-art equipment from names such as Monotype, Hell, Crosfield and Roland. Book projects were seen through the works by a team of half a dozen often charismatic experts such as Jim Lomax, and day-to-day direction of different aspects of the company led by people such as Keith Brown, Gerry Barnes, Alan Bultitude, Michael Beresford, John Millard, Carl Dent and numerous others. It was a great company by virtue of such a wide spread of professional competence and interesting and colourful products. A small shame about the seahorses used on the jacket to substitute the small fleurons employed in the original Handbook of Type and Illustration, but otherwise a great find.
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