Summer 2017

Brand in the hand


In Melbourne, more than a century ago, a ‘printer’s fist’ inadvertently became one of the earliest corporate identities

Australian businessman Valentine Morgan (1876-1952) was well versed in the seductive possibilities of the printed image. His print advertising used all the typographic hallmarks of the early advertising age – embellished lettering, unapologetically forceful display faces, snappy headlines. Alongside this was another popular graphic motif commonly found in any compositor’s tray – the pointing finger, a typographic device also known as the ‘index’ or ‘printer’s fist’.


All editions from the collection of author Stephen Banham.


Stephen Banham, designer, Letterbox, Melbourne

Read the full version in Eye no. 94 vol. 24, 2017


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