My favourite piece of print

My favourite piece of print
February 11, 2011 Calverts

"I don't have one favourite piece of print, I love all print and there is so much amazing stuff out there.
Things that inspire me though are old wrestling posters, and we’ve used that kind of thing in our Vintage imagery. The reason is simple: my dad is Billy Two Rivers and he was a champion heavyweight wrestler in the 1950s and 1960s" Wayne Hemingway

"I love Dodo Pads and always have loved them, since I was little" Emma Thompson, Academy Award-winning screenwriter and BAFTA-winning actress

"Sorrell & Son, a novel by Warwick Deeping. It was published in 1925 and my father loved the book. As a young jew making his way in east London, and to combat anti-semitism, my father decided to change his Russian (Ukrainian) name – and Sorrell was the name he chose" Sir Martin Sorrell, chief executive at WPP

"Without question it’s Audubon’s Birds. I am an art dealer and I am enjoying the book, but there is someone who stands behind me who will be enjoying it longer than I will. What makes it very special for me is that when I’m not an art dealer I am an ornithologist. The birds are deeply familiar to me and part of the fabric of life" Michael Tollemache, purchaser of the world’s most expensive printed book – Audubon’s Birds of America – sold at auction at Sotheby’s last year for £7.3m

"Everyone knows about the famous Harry Beck Underground map from the early 1930s, but the one by Fred Stingemore is more beautiful. It’s also a little more confusing and cropped, but as I live between Belsize Park and Hampstead, I’m not too worried. Beck made his Tube ‘diagram’ look like a circuit board, but this one, from 1927, looks like a map drawn by a clever child, and I love the curves and colours. And there are other wonders, including stations called Down St, Praed St and British Museum. Whatever happened to those, and whatever happened to Fred Stingemore?" Simon Garfield, author of Just My Type, a book about fonts

"I don’t remember where I got this poster [depicting Ronald Reagan embracing Margaret Thatcher in a Gone With The Wind spoof, or what happened to it, but it was stuck, tattered, to my wall when I was a teenager, along with various photomontages that I later found out were by Peter Kennard. The 1980s were an interesting decade in retrospect; the normalisation of destruction and the concurrent devastation of egalitarian politics were a result of the rightward drift of the economics and politics of the time. But look at the lovely couple: the Iron Lady and the Gipper. Oh, happy days" Stanley Donwood, artist whose work includes all of Radiohead’s album and poster art

"The Dark Summer by Bob Carlos Clarke. I first saw this book at Coliseum Books in New York City when I was at university studying painting and photography. This book captures the 1980s with its carefully planned black-and-white and hand-coloured images – where fashion meets rock ’n’ roll. The models included London glamour model and singer Sam Fox and New York nightclub personality Dianne Brill posing in London’s Brompton Cemetery. This was and still is an inspiration for my photographic work" Vincent Connare, typographer and photographer, and designer of the font Comic San From article in Printweek 11.02.2011

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