An eclectic selection of lettering from mainly American cars, with the exceptions of the DKW Auto Union and the Harrington Cavalier.
The DKW 3-6 Sonderklasse is a rare German beast and from the actual car that racing legend Jim Clark drove in his first race at Crimond June 1956. The 'Cavalier' is from an English Harrington Cavalier Coach.
Rarety aside though, the Hornet lettering has to be my favourite on that lovely 50s rocket-shaped chrome - beautiful!
See our full Auto Type collection here and here.
Type Hunting have a great selection of type and lettering images on their Tumblr. Some very good mid-week inspiration.
Makes me think I should pull all my found type images together and create a Found Type Tumblr. Watch this space!
So here it is, part two of my record centre label collection...
They're all great, but I love the simplicity of the Columbia label and the lettering on the Verve label the most.
Part one of my record centre label collection.
Most range from the 50s to 70s with the odd later one thrown in for good measure.
When I buy vinyl it's always exciting to see the label - I enjoy the labels almost as much as the music and always more than the covers.
Watch out for part two next week.
These beautiful Art Deco and Art Deco style signs are from Truffle Pig's
'Type Tour - of Potts Point
', "Extensively developed from the 1920s through to World War II, the neighbourhood boasts some of Australia's best examples of Art Deco architecture and many of the gracious apartment buildings are adorned with beautiful examples of custom signage"
I'm lucky that Brighton has many wonderful examples of Art Deco architecture & signage, but when you see them so regularly it's easy to take them for granted. I often think about taking the camera out and shooting them properly, but I never seem to find the time. These pics have inspired me to finally do it though, so watch this space.
Images copyright Truffle Pig.Via Notcot.
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
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...
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.
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!
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