There is so just much visual goodness in the Flickr stream of “The Art of the Luggage Label” run by Tom Schifanella, a graphic designer in the U.S. with a very keen eye. I have featured some of the sharp labels from his stream before, but there is so much more worth returning for.
Amongst the impressive sets is one of Richter & Company Luggage and Hotel Labels – with over 200 amazing examples of this genre.
Richter & Co was established in 1842 by a Swiss printer, to produce chromolithographs in Naples. After the unification of Italy, Richter became a supplier to the royal household, specializing in several fields including the printing of bank notes. Around the turn of the century Mario Borgoni, a then young artist, started doing graphic work for the company. By the end of the 19th century Richter was printing promotional items for commercial ventures. Some clients were hotels and soon Richter was designing and printing all sorts of paper items for the burgeoning Italian hotel industry. The first hotel labels were issued in 1900.
Besides the very sharp graphic elements and design, what stands out about these labels is the superb printing and intensity of colour. Follow the links on Tom’s Flickr stream to find out more about Richter. Clicking on the images below will take you to the page for the label.