The British Guiana One-Cent Magenta is a singular object. Delicate and wisp-like yet striking in its color, it is the only surviving stamp of a limited run from 1856. Shrouded in more mystery than one might expect of a 26-millimeter-tall stamp, its story brings together an unlikely cast: a twelve-year-old schoolboy; an Austrian nobleman; a textile tycoon and his entrepreneurial widow; a collector who traveled the world with the stamp handcuffed to his wrist; and a convicted murderer who died in prison just four years ago. Rumor has it that a second surviving stamp surfaced in 1938, only to be burned to ash immediately upon purchase.
The studio of Dan Cassaro is a small-but-scrappy design practice in Brooklyn, NY with a focus on type, lettering, logo design, and powerful 70s rock and roll. We love his gravelly, retro aesthetic and his penchant for turning cheeky copy into bold type.
Dan will be giving a talk about on Monday, February 24th at Paperless Post HQ. (The event is free but an RSVP is required.)