October 1970: A group of five marines assigned to the Combat Information Bureau decided that they would simulate an advertising series being run by Strathmore in the U.S (pictured below). They got together outside their shack and posed with a Strathmore sketch pad to show that not only pros and students use it in the U.S., but at the fighting front, it has its use too.
The unit (left to right): Lieutenant/Corporal Gary W. Moss, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Corporal Scott M. Greening, St. Peter, Minnesota; First Lieutenant Benjamin F. Long, Statesville, North Carolina; Lieutenant/Corporal David R. Anderson, Culbertson, Nebraska; Lieutenant/Corporal Robert L. Williams, Conshohocken, Pennsylvania
A Series of Strathmore Ads Inspired the Marines to Pose for Their Own Photo
I still have a full collection of Dover clip art books stacked up in my office. Of course the whole collection is now available digitally, but I would not change one moment of the many days I spent (and still spend) poring over these wonderful books. If you are anything like me, you can imagine my excitement when I found these Pioneer-Moss ads from 1970 in the GDUSA archives.
I hope this wonderfully random grouping puts a smile on your face and if you have any more information about the images or Pioneer-Moss I’d love to hear about it in the comments section.
GDUSA recently conducted our 50th Anniversary Print Survey. The results will be in print and online shortly but here is a sneak peek at the Top 12 Favorite Fonts for Print Design.
Any favorites we missed? Let us know in the comments section.
You can read our other Anniversary surveys about logos and design projects here. Interested in the most influential designers in the past 50 years? Just click here.