Auto Type XXVXIII - some more fabulous automobile lettering from New Years Day at Brooklands Museum. My particular favourite has to be the Leyland bus (top), not only because it reminds me of my home town, but I love how the letters are deeper at the top to work against the curved bodywork. Looks very 70s.
There's lots more of the same over in our Flickr set or here.
#138 - British United Airways passenger ticket and baggage check, 1963. I love to see a classic logo on an original bit of print so I couldn't leave this behind at the boot sale.
This lucky person, a Miss MV Dickinson travelled from London Gatwick to Venice on what was then the UK's largest independent airline, largely owned by British & Commonwealth Shipping (B&C) and the largest unsubsidised airline outside the US.
Have a delve into the rest of our reference box for more ephemera and vintage design goodies.
I was thrilled to see this Daphne Padden poster on Quad Royal
this morning. I'm a Lancashire lass and know the Lancashire coast has some wonderful seaside towns; St Annes with it's Victorian grandeur, Fleetwood steeped in fishing history and my favourite, Blackpool with it's mixture of faded glory and tacky arcades.
As much as I love these towns though, I never remember any of them looking as lovely as Daphne illustrates them!Image from Quad Royal.
Auto Type XXVXII
- from Billing Hot Rod Show a selection of mainly american automobile badges with wonderful lettering as always.
Lots of weathered emblems and patina paint in this bunch but that just adds to their beauty. I particularly like the Country Squire and the Ranch Wagon - two I haven't seen before!
Check out our other Auto Type here
or go to our Flickr set
#137 - Matchbooks & matchbook covers
. This little lot were in a collection of souvenir match books I was given recently. The majority of the covers are uninspiring design-wise, but there's something about the ones above, be it their tacky charm or giant graphics that jumped out at me - especially the flame graphic!
We have many more matchbook covers in the reference box and on our blog, take a look here
This weekend is your last chance to wander over to AT open house
, have a snoop around their beautiful little terrace, sit in the garden, eat lots of delicious cake, drink plenty of tea and of course check out the huge selection of work from 13 artists, designers and printmakers.
To whet your appetite a little more, here are my favourite Petting Zoo & Collectables
screen prints available at the house and also in the web shop
The lovely folks at Digital Bungalow
have written a great review of AT Open house with lots of pics for those who can't make it themselves. Read the full article here
.Images copyright Darren Baldwin at Digital Bungalow.
Our friends at Castor & Pollux
have a great selection of Dave Thompson's
Sussex giclee prints in stock at the moment. Based on mid-century travel posters, this nostalgic range highlights iconic buildings and landmarks in and around Sussex. These are my favourites, but check out the full range here
.All images copyright Dave Thompson.
Here's our new range of A5 and A4 hand-lettered linocuts available at AT Open house
from this weekend.
It's almost that time again, in less than a week AT Open house
will fling open it's doors for the first Artists Open house weekend.
We'll be there with a selection of letterpress prints, cards, notebooks, totes, vintage circus prints and some new linocuts, as will AT regulars Dead Methods, Snorkus, Alice Pattullo, Petting Zoo, Mr Wingate, Hello Dodo, James Sawyer, Nathan James, Natalie Martin and Winsome & Saucy.
In addition this year, we have a new artist joining the AT gang - fabulous illustrator Claire Scully
aka. The Quiet Revolution
Claire describes her work as, "a mix of strange utopian worlds and parallel universes with juxtapositions of the unexpected, playing with scale and narrative".
I had a sneaky peek at the Giclee prints she's selling at AT open house and believe me, they look good on screen but when you see them up close and full scale, the detail in astounding.
AT open house will be open 11-6 every weekend throughout May. So be sure to pop down and say hello, there's always a fresh pot of tea/coffee on the go and lots and lots of cake!
Fret not, if you can't make it over, you can keep up-to-date on the AT blog
and once the show starts all the work will be available in their online shop
.Images copyright Claire Scully.
shop is now fully stocked with a fresh batch of Howdoos
- business cards for everyone + anyone
Hand letter-pressed onto a thick, pulpy beermat stock these personalisable business cards have 'hello' (hot pink) or 'nice to meet you' (black) on the front and 3 blank spaces on the reverse for your contact details.
Our friends Sell! Sell!
have been busy hand-letterpressing the elements of their new Fentimans 'faithful to the originals'
ad to give it a traditional, authentic feel.
Obviously the final design had to be created digitally, but all the elements were made into a block and letterpressed onto a range of papers to get different ink coverage before being scanned to create the final advert design.
I think you'll agree it was well worth the effort, you can really tell the difference between this and previous ads which have been created purely digitally - this one has so much more charm and depth.
I dug out an old type book, Lettering Alphabets
the other day that I bought a long time ago but never really looked at. In it I found this article about Printer's Pie
, a 10' x 5' typographic mural by Alan J Bastien in 1955.
Printer's Pie was commissioned by Fuller's Ltd. for the newly refurbished 'Jiffy Bar' in their Ludgate Circus restaurant - right by Fleet Street in the heart of London's print-land.
The mural, "composed entirely of a giant photograph of letters chosen from nearly four hundred of the type alphabets used in modern printing and general lettercraft"
includes names of UK newspapers, typefaces, type foundries and type designers. It's also thought to be the first public presentation of the Mistral typeface, designed by Roger Excoffon for the Fonderie Olive, Marseillies in 1955.
In December 1955 Printing News
used Printer's Pie as the basis of a type identification competition and it was also the theme of 'Typographical Centre' exhibitions at Southgate Library and at the Bastien Studio during the 'International Typographical Year 1957'.
I have no idea if the mural still exists, but here it is in all it's glory back in 1955...
I'm a huge fan of vintage circus posters, with their simple illustrations, bold type and garish colours. The fast, cheap production meant the print was a crude, but for me that's their charm and when you zoom in on small sections the imperfections are exaggerated making them even more wonderful.
#136 - "Farmhouse Teas' Recipes leaflet by Summer County Margarine
, circa. 1950. This lovely little leaflet is packed with margarine based recipes illustrated with some fine 50's food photography, but I bought it purely for the giant 't' and the leaves on the Summer County ad!