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Marcel's Letters : A Font and the Search for One Man's Fate - by Carolyn Porter (Hardcover)

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A graphic designer’s search for inspiration leads to a cache of letters and the mystery of one man’s fate during World War II.

Seeking inspiration for a new font design in an antique store in small-town Stillwater, Minnesota, graphic designer Carolyn Porter stumbled across a bundle of letters and was immediately drawn to their beautifully expressive pen-and-ink handwriting. She could not read the letters—they were in French—but she noticed all of them had been signed by a man named Marcel and mailed from Berlin to his family in France during the middle of World War II.

As Carolyn grappled with designing the font, she decided to have one of Marcel’s letters translated. Reading it opened a portal to a different time, and what began as mere curiosity quickly became an obsession with finding out why the letter writer, Marcel Heuzé, had been in Berlin, how his letters came to be on sale in a store halfway around the world, and, most importantly, whether he ever returned to his beloved wife and daughters after the war.
Marcel’s Letters is the incredible story of Carolyn’s increasingly desperate search to uncover the mystery of one man’s fate during WWII, seeking answers across Germany, France, and the United States. Simultaneously, she continues to work on what would become the acclaimed P22 Marcel font, immortalizing the man and his letters that waited almost seventy years to be reunited with his family.
Number of Pages: 344
Genre: Biography + Autobiography, History
Sub-Genre: French, History
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Two Rivers Distribution
Author: Carolyn Porter
Language: English
Street Date: June 6, 2017
TCIN: 51565560
UPC: 9781510719330
Item Number (DPCI): 248-25-1851
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Sazo 6 days ago
Anyone interested in WW11 history and the little known "work camps" for Europeans would find this very interesting. The author did extensive research and wrote of her path to discover who Marcel was all the while developing a font based on his beautiful writings to his family. The original letters...see moreof the reviewer's review
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