Graphics by Hans Riebesehl from a beautifully designed tour guide to Hamburg, Germany which dates from around 1956. It’s fascinating to see an original that could be equally at home today, or in the mid-eighties, when this kind of font was hand-in-glove with the rebirth of black and white photography.
Does that mean we’re living in a triple retro age? The fifties are everywhere again, just as they were in the eighties.
Maybe James Dean would have been less troubled in 1955 if he’d known his immortality was assured, safe in the knowledge that every thirty years the vampire of cool would pick him up on its radar.
More images from Hamburg 1956…
Perfected poise: all eyes on the roulette wheel…
…from a time when the future was sunlit open spaces, sleek lines and a widescreen perspective: the motorway to modern.
The poster map that opens out is clever and quirky – a giant magnifying glass homes in on Hamburg, while the surrounds are peppered with ways to see the sights in the journey to a bright new world.