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Hand Lettering Basics

Hand Lettering Basics

During the early ’20s to late ’40s, books on showcard writing and hand lettering were fairly common. Unfortunately, the demand for hand lettering...

Hard To Find Sign Supplies

Hard To Find Sign Supplies

Sign Supplies Source List The chart below is an ongoing project, designed to give you a few sources for at least some of the products you may need. Try...

Rawson & Evans

Rawson & Evans

The image above is from the front cover of Rawson and Evans rare 1896 catalog. Evidence suggests the company was started in the 1880s and the company continued...

Rick Glawson

Rick Glawson

  Rick Glawson 1947-2003 “Daddy Fine Gold”, as he was affectionaltely called, did his first paying gold leaf job for a Cadillac dealer in...

George C. Brooke Glass Plates

George C. Brooke Glass Plates

George Brooke was the co-author of The American Signwriter, 1877 This is a collection of hand painted glass pieces—part of an album of his work. Each...

J.N. Halsted

J.N. Halsted

J.N. Halsted Page Pages by Mike Jackson Signs of the Times Publishing, of Cincinatti, OH published J.N. Halsted’s Modern Ornament and Design in early...

Frank Atkinson

Frank Atkinson

Frank Atkinson had a big impact on the sign industry during his lifetime. Born in Chicago two weeks after Mrs. O’Leary’s cow kicked over the...

Ghost Signs of Ogden, Utah

Ghost Signs of Ogden, Utah

Ghost Signs of Ogden, Utah Photos by Mike Jackson, March 2005

W.E. Long Company: Ashland Block, Chicago

W.E. Long Company: Ashland Block, Chicago

W.E. Long Company: Ashland Block, Chicago – Source: Signs of the Times

Buffalo Bill Posters

Buffalo Bill Posters

The Buffalo Bill Historical Center is located in Cody, Wyoming. It is certainly a museum worth visiting! Actually, the center is five distinctive museums...

Spanjer Bros. Wood Letters

Spanjer Bros. Wood Letters

Images from early Spanjer Bros. Catalogs

Photo Galleries – Misc. Artists

Photo Galleries – Misc. Artists

Rick Janzen: These photos were in the movie “Open Range”, a film by Kevin Costner. There was some discussion on the Hand Lettering Forum about...