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Learn more about the book "Marcel's Letters" and the font P22 Marcel Script, which is based on the handwriting of conscripted WWII laborer Marcel Heuzé
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Book Blurb: Yves Peters

Marcel’s Letters is a gripping page-turner about one type designer’s efforts to uncover (and recover) the destiny of a French forced laborer during World War II.

 

– Yves Peters, type writer and producer for Type Network

“…a swell souvenir…”

June 26, 1944

Dear mom, pop, & family,

Thought you’d like a little souvenir of England mom, so I picked this bracelet up from a guy who makes them. READ MORE

Book Blurb: Kenneth Mouré

Fascinated by the handwriting, Carolyn Porter’s chance purchase of a few letters led her to a remarkable adventure in font design, research to understand the wartime separation of a father from his wife and children, and a quest to uncover Marcel’s fate in the Second World War and that of his family. Marcel's Letters tells a compelling story of romance, perseverance, and discovery.

 

– Professor Kenneth Mouré, historian of modern France, University of Alberta

 

The Making of Marcel’s Letters

Recently I was interviewed by book development editor Jill Swenson. It was a delightful interview with questions about music and typography and legal issues. You can check it out here.

Dissecting the book cover

The book cover has been finalized! I’m delighted with the final product and am grateful for the work of the cover designer, Erin. I’ve heard people remark they like it; that it has “shelf-appeal.” What people may or may not understand by quickly glancing at the cover, though, is that it has specific design elements that work hard to tell its story.READ MORE

“A card to you from not too gay Paree…”

February 15, 1945

My dear young men:

A card to you from not too gay Paree. But it is a beautiful city filled with beautiful women, beautiful buildings, beautiful stores, everything beautiful, no Frenchmen, and a lot of G.I. soldiers. I wish you both could be here to enjoy it. I wish I could enjoy it, too, but I am too busy with my work. Some other day, maybe 

— Dad

Book Blurb: Mark Simonson

I’ve made many fonts but none of them has a story with as many unexpected discoveries and emotional turns as the story of Marcel.

 

– Mark Simonson, designer of more than thirty fonts, including the iconic Proxima Nova, Mark Simonson Studio