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Designer of Conrail “can opener” logo dies NEWSWIRE

By | May 21, 2014

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Conrail-painted Norfolk Southern heritage unit No. 8098.
Tom Danneman

NEW YORK — Many never knew his name, but that didn’t change the mark he left on the rail industry. Literally.

The designer of the famous Conrail “can opener” logo, Tony Palladino, has died at age 84, the New York Times reports.

“People don’t want to look at advertising,” Palladino is quoted in the Times. “People want to get entertained intellectually.”

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No. 8098 moves into position for the 2012 heritage unit gathering in North Carolina.
Jim Wrinn

Paladino grew up in East Harlem in the 1930s and ‘40s. His parents, Italian immigrants, did not speak English and he chose to not speak Italian. Because of this, he used drawings to communicate with his family. He later attended the High School of Music and Art in Manhattan, which provided his basic formal training in art. He later taught at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan.

In spite of Conrail’s popularity, Palladino is best known for his work designing the typeface used on the original “Psycho” novel by Robert Bloch, which was later made into a movie by Alfred Hitchcock.

6 thoughts on “Designer of Conrail “can opener” logo dies NEWSWIRE

  1. I had not heard of the "Can Opener" reference, more often we called it "Snail on a Rail". It was distinctive so it served its purpose well.

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