Its been several months since the last highlight and one might say its long overdue.
Here, an unintentional collection of library cards. Each remained, long after its obsolescence, tucked in a book I borrowed or bought. I like that they show a range of data-recording technology--from hand-written to type-written, rubber stamp to various arcane punch card configurations. Each of the printed cards gives off a blustery officiousness with their "do not remove"-s and their penalties. The red-edged card at upper right is positively bristling with overly involved methodology and procedure.
The "Alluring Problem" with its red accent and boldly graphic star is irresistible but I think my favorite is the small printed and punched ticket at lower left. The holes give a delicate visual syncopation to the printed statements which, although they are emphatically not, remind me of a haiku.
There's something quietly affecting about the card on lower right. Each month and year stamped and noted, each entry a remnant of long-ago readers whose paths crossed ever so lightly at that point--with that book. Had that card lain dormant in the back of Fashions in American Typography, in the basement of the Brooklyn Library, since June 29 or so, 1950, until I requested it be retrieved?
Am I waxing too poetic-- too precious --to think of each of these little pieces of paper as a small lifeline, an attempt to safeguard their charge when released out in the world?