During the depths of World War II, Frenchman Marcel Heuzé mailed letters to his wife and three young daughters from a labor camp in Berlin. His beautiful looping cursive carried tender words of love along with testimony about his fight for survival. Sixty years later, graphic designer Carolyn Porter found his letters at an antique store in Stillwater, Minnesota and began to transform Marcel’s handwriting into a modern computer font. She became obsessed with finding answers to the questions: Who was Marcel? Why had he been in Germany? Why were his precious letters for sale halfway around the world? And most importantly: Did Marcel survive?
Join Carolyn in this presentation and discussion of Service du Travail Obligatoire, the forced labor program that sent more than 650,000 ordinary civilians to Germany to work in road and bridge construction, and in factories, farms and mines. Following the presentation, Carolyn will be signing copies of her book which is available for optional purchase for $20.
Carolyn Porter, a resident of White Bear Lake, is a graphic designer and self-professed typography geek who designed P22 Marcel Script. Released in 2014, this font has garnered four international honors, including the Certificate for Typographic Excellence from the New York Type Director’s Club, typeface competitions by Communication Arts and Print magazines, and was selected for the 2015 international “Project Passion” exhibition. The book “Marcel’s Letters: A Font and the Search for One Man’s Fate” recounts Carolyn’s obsessive quest for information about Marcel Heuzé, a World War II French forced laborer whose handwriting inspired the font.