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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: Elizabeth Rynecki

We pick a font hoping it says something about us; that we are creative, intellectual, or have business know-how. But what happens when a font picks a graphic designer and turns her world upside down and inside out? Working from a handful of fragile and translucent pages written in a language she doesn’t speak, Carolyn sets out to uncover not only the mystery of Marcel's life, but in the process finds her own passion to create a font in his honor. In Marcel’s Letters, Carolyn rescues one man’s legacies, and ultimately gifts us with her own.

 

– Elizabeth Rynecki, author of the forthcoming book and documentary Chasing Portraits

Berchères-la-Maingot, 1906/1907

I’ve seen several old, photo postcards of Berchères-la-Maingot, the village where Marcel’s wife and daughters lived during World War II. Some images show bucolic rural settings, others show the harsh reality of hard-working farm and country folk scratching a living out of the earth. READ MORE

The story behind the ampersand

Marcel-Ampersand

Recently, someone asked a great question about the font ‘Marcel Script.’ They wondered if Marcel’s original handwritten letters included all of the individual letterforms I needed to create a basic character set.READ MORE