Sanborn Fire Insurance Typography

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These title pages and letterforms from old Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps made between 1880 and 1920 are absolutely stunning. BibliOdyssey has a wonderful collection of these specimens on their site. The maps were made for insurance purposes, which is what makes them all the more impressive. To think that the time was taken to produce something so intricate for what was essentially a cover page, is astonishing.

Kansas City Sanborn Fire Insurance Map

Cincinnati Sanborn Fire Insurance Map

Sanborn Fire Insurance Map

Indianapolis Sanborn Fire Insurance Map

New York Sanborn Fire Insurance Map

St Louis Sanborn Fire Insurance Map

Washington Sanborn Fire Insurance Map

City of Mexico Sanborn Fire Insurance Map

Denver, Colorado 1887 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map

 

 

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Written By:

Jay B Sauceda

Date

February 15th, 2011

Found Via:

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