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William Metzig Papers, ca. 1925-1979

Collector:
Metzig, William 1893-1989
Cooper-Hewitt Design Archive
Donor:
Wronker, Lilli
Murgio, Matthew Mrs
Subject:
Metzig, William 1893-1989
Pelikan Ink Company
Fieldcrest Mills Inc a
Popov Distilling Company
Heubelin, Inc
Dutton
Fawcett
Physical description:
16 cu. ft.: 10 boxes
Type:
Photographs
Collection descriptions
Slides
Transparencies
Drawings
Advertisements
Brochures
Book jackets
Works of art
Clippings
Place:
United States
Germany
Date:
1925
1979
ca 1925-1979
20th century
Notes:
Graphic designer and artist. Born Hanover, Germany, 1893. Metzig apprenticed with a lithographer prior to establishing his own studio in the 1920s. He designed trademarks, logos, letterheads, brochures, and posters for clients. He is best known for his work for Pelikan Ink Company.
He also designed book covers, magazine covers, and page layouts. In the 1930s, Metzig became known as a leading calligrapher and advertising artist in Germany. He immigrated to the United States in 1939 and settled in New York where he taught calligraphy and did freelance graphic design until his death in 1989.
Summary:
These materials document Metzig's work in Germany and the United States. Little background and biographical information is available.
Printed Materials : Includes articles written by Metzig and a copy of his publication, "Art Lettering and Design," which was done for the International Correspondence Schools of Pennsylvania in 1957. This collection does not include any business records or correspondence.
Project files : More than 500 examples of the designer's work, including letterheads, logos, trademarks, brochures, book jackets, magazine covers and layouts, certificates, awards, and product labels.
Other Visual Materials : Photographs, slides, and transparencies of many of Metzig's designs.
Cite as:
William Metzig Papers, ca. 1925-1979, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Topic:
Calligraphy
Graphic arts
Graphic artists
Letterheads--Design
Packaging--Design
Labels--Design
Logos (Symbols)--Design
Trademarks--Design
Corporate image--Design
Pamphlets--Design
Book jackets--Design
Advertising
Posters--Design
Greeting cards--Design
Magazine covers--Design
Illustrators
Graphic designers
Local number:
chmarchive 1991-80-1
2012.3087 (NMAH Acc.)
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

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