These beautifully detailed and lettered cigar labels are from a collection over on Letterology. It's an interesting post showing the elaborate designs introduced to establish more sophisticated looking brand styles and prevent counterfeits being easily produced. Check out the full post here.
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.
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
Here's our new range of A5 and A4 hand-lettered linocuts available at AT Open house
from this weekend.
Auto type XXVXI
- a very US heavy selection of auto type from a show last summer with a very rare French example thrown in for good measure! I do love the quirky French 'Aronde' lettering, but the 'V8' is one of my all time favourites - I never tire of looking at it.
If you need a break this afternoon, make a cuppa grab a biscuit and check out our full Auto Type collection here
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...
Live a quiet life & work with your hands
- the perfect motto for any creative studio. We are loving this new screenprint from Dana Tanamachi's Studio showcasing her fabulous chalk lettering.
It's available here
and comes in Black Licorice (main pic), Paver Red, Timber Green or Nightshift Blue.Images copyright Dana Tanamachi.
Auto Type XXVX
- some lovely American lettering to get us through the rest of the week. The C-750 Big Job Ford was the hands down the biggest auto type I've ever seen!
If Auto type is your thing, check out the rest of our collection here
Auto Type XXVIX - we had a wonderful morning at yesterday's Goodwood Breakfast Club. It was the first of the year and the Pre-73 theme meant a vast turn out of quality motors from hotrods to historic racers - here are some of our favourite auto types.
You can see more of our Breakfast Club pics over on Super Ninety
and view our full collection of Auto Type here
Auto Type XXVIII
- some fine additions to the auto type collection from a glorious New Year's Day meet at the historic Brooklands Museum
. From buses, to Messerschmitt this show had it all!
You can see our full Auto Type collection here
or take a look through other auto related posts here
Auto Type XXVII
- a small selection of auto type from a very cold, sunny breakfast meet at the classic car & historic racing specialists, CCK Historic
. Our favourite is the 'Boara' type from a Russian Gaz Volga.
Take a look at the rest of our auto type here
and if classic cars and historic racing do it for you, check out our sister blog Super Ninety
Some new additions to our own collection of Auto Type
- the last batch from this years shows, although I'm hoping to find some rare lettering delights at the NEC Classic Car Show next weekend!
We love a bit of Auto Type
so we're very excited to have some of our images in the Chromeography
exhibition in Berlin's Mota Italic Gallery
- a celebration of, "the metallic emblems that gave names and life to vintage automobiles, domestic appliances, and other consumer objects".
Curated by Stephen Coles, who runs the Chromeography Flickr group
, the exhibition opens on 12 November and runs until 22 December 2012.
Goodluck Stephen, we hope it all goes well. Such a shame we can't make it over!
Auto Type XXV
- I clearly go to too many car shows!! Another selection of auto type from a general classic car show, which includes some more wonderful tractor type (top) and one of my favourites, the gazelle.
As always, the rest of our collection can be seen here
and for the petrol heads amongst you there is more classic car & historic racing loveliness here
It's that time of year, the last few weekends have been car show-tastic so we have lots of new Auto Type
to post up. Here's the first batch - mainly American with a couple of British classics thrown in for good measure!
Check out the full collection here