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The Elementary Doctor Watson
Milton Glaser Collection Box 108. Poppy Records album cover: Elementary Doctor Watson! 1972.
May 31, 2014

The Elementary Doctor Watson

By: bethkleber

Legendary guitarist and folk singer Doc Watson died on Tuesday. After Watson departed Vanguard Records in the early 70s, he made a home at Poppy, which put out several Watson albums. This one, “Elementary Doctor Watson!”, featured Doc Watson performing with his son, Merle. Of course, the album sleeve features the work of Poppy’s favored artist, Milton Glaser. I’ve always been particularly drawn to the laid-back confidence of this piece – the expressive washed-out portrait, the lack of identifying text – but this is the first time I noticed that Glaser employed his own typeface, Glaser Stencil, on the back.

A music album cover. The background has a texture and color of a brown paper bag. "Elementary Doctor Watson!" is printed in a maroon red color in a unique font. Each letter has a space between the intersections of line that makes up the letter. "Doc Watson Accompanied by Merle Watson" is printed in the same font and color but is smaller and thinner.

 
Milton Glaser Collection Box 108. Poppy Records album cover: Elementary Doctor Watson! 1972.

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