Ephemeral remains of Stephen Coles.
Writer, editor, typographer.
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Titles and marketing for the Netflix series House of Cards are set in a Trajan-like typeface called Pacioli. The font is based on the work of Luca Pacioli in his 1509 mathematical treatise De divina proportione. You can see that source alphabet (and the rest of the book) at the Internet Archive.

Two Coopers: lettering examples by Oswald (“Oz”) Cooper, of Cooper Black fame, and Frederick G. Cooper, who inspired Oz and many other lettering artists and cartoonists of the early 1900s. Leslie Cabarga, who wrote the book on F. G. Cooper, is selling a massive archive of his work.

Images found in Lettering (1916), by Thomas Wood Stevens

New York circa 1903 (via Shorpy Historical Photo Archive)

Advertisement, Auditorium Hotel, Los Angeles (via California Historical Society Digital Collection)

Give the gift of Marinović: Do Not Open.

There was plenty of work for a sign painter in 19th-century New York.

Lower Hudson Street, Numbers 2, 3, and 5, ca. 1865. Photograph by Marcus Ormsbee, New York Historical Society.

Modern Reklame-Schriften (Modern Calligraphy in Advertising), ca. 1935

The Wolfsonian FIU Library Collection
Donated by Steve Heller

Letters by designer Tânia Raposo

Schriftgiesserei Ferd. Theinhardt, Berlin, 1892
Republished in Type, A Visual History of Typefaces and Graphic Styles
(Review of the book coming to Typographica.org soon.)

Schriftgießerei Emil Gursch, Berlin, 1914
From the foundry’s specimen of Industria
Republished in Type, A Visual History of Typefaces and Graphic Styles
(Review of the book coming to Typographica.org soon.)

The Letterform Archive is a private collection of rare typographic and lettering artifacts. Director Rob Saunders wants to share his treasures with the world via high-fidelity digital captures and reproductions. The first effort is a 2014 calendar featuring 12 historically significant masterworks and 12 new typefaces that I helped select.

The calendar is about to reach its funding goal before the deadline tonight. You can help put it over the top, and with a few more bucks Rob can add a couple of extra pages about the featured fonts.

Posters promoting the magician Harry Kellar, ca. 1894–1900. Happy Halloween.

Produced by Strobridge Litho. Co. Found at the Library of Congress.

Trailer titles for La Notte (1961)

This is not type. This is hand lettering — full of life and imperfection. Some fonts can do a passable job of emulating these styles, but if you really want this stuff, hire a letterer.

Fleurs Coiffeur Liqueur:

Rothschild Liquors
Chicago, Illinois
Dave Croy

Wedding plaque carved by Richard Watts

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