Just came back from one of the monthly Type Salons at the Type Director’s Club, where I heard the amazingly talented Arlen Schumer speak about the history of Comic Book fonts.. Arlen spoke at great length about an unknown designer/letterer named IRA SCHNAPP.. Check this out.. Ira Schnapp not only designed the Superman, Action Comics and the ubiquitous Comics Code logos (pictured) in the 1930’s, but also HAND-CHISLED THE LETTERS on the main Post Office in New York City on Eighth Avenue and 34th Street.. You know, the letters that say “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds”.. Correct.. Same guy.. Ira Schnapp.. Amazing, but true.. How cool!!!

You can read more about Ira Schnapp here www.dialbforblog.com/archives/372

Check out Arlen’s work here www.arlenschumer.com

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