Monday, May 25, 2009

WWII Album

I recently had the honor of designing one of the most interesting projects I've ever worked on: a World War 2 album. And coincidentally, today - Memorial Day - is the first day that I could make this blog post, as the gift was given this weekend and I didn't want to spoil any surprises.

A man named Frank Orban fought for our country in WWII and between he and his wife, they unbelievably saved so much memorabilia - photographs, newspaper clippings, foreign money, propaganda, awards and even Nazi badges and flags that were seized. Frank also hand wrote descriptions for key items, all organized in an old adhesive album.

When Frank passed away, he left all of this to his grandson, whose very sweet girlfriend secretly commissioned me to design this album. All of the memorabilia was in the non-archival album, slowly deteriorating. Now his grandson Jason can safely remove everything from the old book for safe-keeping, and have this new one to share with friends and family. Thanks, Amy, for the opportunity to work on such a fascinating project!

And thank you so much to the men and women who have, are and will serve our country!

In Frank's handwriting, the first page of the album reads, "This book is dedicated to my grandson Jason Smith - my Buddy. WWII 1941-1945. We fought this war to end all wars so our children and grandchildren can live in Peace."

It's nearly a 50-page album, but here are a few of my favorite spreads...

* Just click on the page spreads to view them larger.


  1. Looks like you had another fantastic photographer to work with :) Did you have to scan all these photos yourself?

    FABULOUS job - I would love to see this in person!!

  2. Very awesome.

    Steve Spottswood