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Here's a cautionary tale in type design. The type is well set (and this is self-promotional work by a very well established big-city firm of, as they say, advertising typographers). The problem is with the typeface itself. The 'h' and 'n' are merely affectations, and are fine. But the 'a' sits too high (and yet cannot be lowered; the issue is in the size of the letter, not its alignment).
The Milwaukee Mechanics' Insurance Co. and Mayes Printing blotters were published in the US without copyright notice at a time when such notice was required to secure copyright. They therefore passed into the public domain upon initial publication. The reprints of them here remain in the public domain.
The Bundscho "Best Face for the Job" and "Best Buy's Bundscho" blotters were published before 1963 (the introduction of ZIP codes) without copyright notice as would then have been required to secure copyright. They therefore passed into the public domain upon initial publication. The reprints of them here remain in the public domain. The Bundscho "No Side Lines..." blotter was published after the introduction of ZIP codes in 1963. If it was published before 1978, as is likely (blotters were a thing of the past by 1978), then it passed into the public domain upon initial publication. If so, its reprint here remains in the public domain. In the unlikely event that it was published after 1978, it would remain in copyright. However, its use here as a historical example of printing would fall within "fair use" under US copyright law.
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