As an advertising/graphic design person, I have always been interested in graphics, ads, books, magazines, stationary, etc. I designed my own wedding invitations, and for each of our moves I sent out customized moving announcements. If you've sent me a card, chances are I still have it. One of my favorite classes in college was my History of Communication course. I loved learning about the history of media and seeing how advertising, design, and communication have changed throughout the years.
One of the great things about working at The Filson is that I’m surrounded by ephemera. I have access to thousands of books, ads, letters, and photos, something I wish I'd taken advantage of as a student. It is so interesting to see the changes in design. Below are some of my favorites that I've come across while researching the Kentucky Derby Festival.
Kentucky Derby festival souvenir program, by Louisville Junior Chamber of Commerce, 1957
Fillies flavours, by Fillies Club of Louisville, Kentucky, 1984