<br /><i>Via Flickr:</i>
<br />What a spendid colourful and arresting image issued for Ilford Films, of Ilford in Essex, for the 1953 Coronation Year using the Guards as the visual play against the stark and highly recognisable colour coded design of the company's roll film boxes. The Ilford Comapny is still with us, dealing in photographic material, although no longer based in the Essex town whose name they bore from 1902 (and to which the local council got the hump!). Based now in Chshire the concern goes back to 1879 as a maker of photographic plates so it has as long a pedigree as rivals such as Kodak. No agency or designer is credited - pity really. Mind you, how many times can you get the word 'Ilford' into one advert!
Photographer Robert Freeman’s cover concept for The Beatles’ 1966 album Revolver (the eventual iconic cover was, of course, designed and drawn by Klaus Voormann). Freeman had been responsible for several previous Beatles album covers: With The Beatles (1963), A Hard Day’s Night (1964), Beatles For Sale (1964), Help! (1965) and Rubber Soul (1965).
Photo: Robert Freeman, courtesy of San Francisco Art Exchange/The Raj Prem Collection - Copyright Apple Corps Ltd.
“When the time came to discuss the album cover, I went back to my early photographic work and proposed making a photomontage with elements of the four Beatles’ faces. I thought this would give their album design a new dimension - but they didn’t go for it.” - Robert Freeman, The Beatles - A Private View (1990)