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  1. simon stratford July 4, 2015 at 3:29 am #

    Real nice work, I wish I had printing press. Great stuff.

  2. Josh Korwin July 4, 2015 at 4:19 am #

    Thanks so much!

  3. Lois Santos September 6, 2015 at 2:46 pm #

    I was a Heritage Club member for 5-6 years in the late 50’s-early 60’s. Still have the books, all with Sandglass, in very good to excellent condition. How can I realize the best price for the whole collection? I don’t have time or energy to sell them individually.

  4. Alexander Walker October 14, 2015 at 11:36 am #

    This shure is a neat,little article here, but the reason I am leaving this reply here is because I want to ask you if you could find some way to make these typeface styles from the second last picture available for download somewhere, because I really feel a lack of classic 1940’s fonts in my repertoire of typeface styles and these have just filled this empty void ,spelling “FOUND IT!”.

  5. Josh Korwin October 14, 2015 at 12:14 pm #

    Hi Alexander,

    That’s a complex request! The letter styles shown in the Mitten’s brochure were produced specifically for their line of three-dimensional letters. There are many digital fonts that share common design aesthetics, but they may not be identical, per se. Here are a few that you might find useful, though. There’s Sign Shop JNL; Jeff Levine specifically referenced Mitten’s display letters for that family of typefaces. There are a lot of other similar faces here. Agency Gothic is a particularly appropriate match. Berber is another family that feels similar to the Tempar series. And Tasse certainly looks the part, even if it’s not a direct match to the Mitten’s collection. There’s also a Mitten’s series based on Kabel, which has been thoroughly digitized. Hope this is a helpful start!


  6. Krista May 9, 2016 at 10:34 am #

    I have 18 of the books so far. I’m interested in collecting all of them. I’ve been finding many at Half Price Books, and their price averages only $7! Which books do you have, Lois? I might be interested. I’m glad you kept the Sandglass with them: that’s very important to a collector like me. (I’ve gotten so many strange looks at used bookstores as I try to find the Sandglass: holding the book gently by the spine and giving it a little shake to get the pamphlet to fall out.)

  7. Chad Dickey September 16, 2016 at 3:22 pm #

    Hi I’m Chad! My girlfriend and I recently went to goodwill and found some mittens Movie Titlers and mittens movie Illustros which is a holiday character set that we cannot find anywhere on the web . Do you know anything about them?

  8. Doug August 25, 2017 at 11:19 am #

    I have dozens of these books. They, unfortunately are not very valuable. They were somewhat limited editions, with most books not being printed more than 1500 copies. My mom was a club member for many years, and her total collection was well over 100 books. When we closed her house down after 50 years, we took some around and no one was interested in them, even the library didn’t want them. So, maybe one day they will be valuable, but they are priceless in my eyes. I love each and every one of them and they bring back memories that I cherish, not to mention they are all beautifully printed and illustrated!

  9. Kieren September 6, 2017 at 3:38 pm #

    These are fantastic – where did you get them made? Were they expensive?

  10. Josh Korwin September 6, 2017 at 5:39 pm #

    Thanks, Kieren! I was merely the designer—the client was able to arrange fabrication on this one, so I don’t have the details handy on who did the metal work or what the final cost was. Not cheap, I’d imagine! I did have my own set of custom house numbers made. I went through, and I think $55 per number was reasonable given how darn cool they turned out.

  11. Andrew January 7, 2018 at 7:40 pm #

    just spotted the poster on the new iWatch commercial . 1/7/18

  12. John March 25, 2018 at 9:01 am #

    I’m curious…has the name Robert Dothard, book designer, popped up or get mentioned in relation to LEC? Or had he risen to the level of having signed his name, or otherwise receive attribution for his work?

    I’m doing research on Dothard.

    Thanks, John

  13. Eli August 19, 2018 at 9:14 pm #

    HI Kieren/Josh,
    Eli the client here- I just happened upon your question 1 year on. The script letters are constructed of welded-up sheet metal and the smaller letters are water-jet cut direct from aluminum plate. All pieces were then powder coated. The fabricator was Fourth Dimension Signs in Minnesota. Contact Jim Davis. They also did the lettering (but not the structure) for Brenton Hall (see Josh’s earlier, long-form blog post on that process). I’ve never met Jim in person, but I’ve been very happy with the craftsmanship.
    Reach me at with any questions.

  14. Michael Hansen February 16, 2019 at 8:16 am #

    Nice webpage !
    We have just found several posters from Expo 58 in an old attic in Denmark . The stuff has been there since at least 1967. We have no idea if anyone are interested in this old stuff . Will check about Dan Reisinger which language they are I think we have two big and some small A4 size.
    Kind regards

  15. Benjamin Storch March 19, 2019 at 2:05 pm #

    Hi Josh,
    I stumbled upon the Cosmographs in 1996 and was inspired to make sculptures based on the dynamic curves. A few years later I built a Harmonograph with an old engineering friend and really enjoyed the imperfections of the physical system. When I tried to model Lissajous curves mathematically I found the results a bit too predictable, and thought that the Cosmograph equations gave better results. I will revisit them now to animate them …
    Hence I really enjoyed your post !

  16. Stephen Lias August 5, 2019 at 3:19 pm #

    Hi there. I’m Edward Lias’s son (the patent holder of the device that creates the cosmographs you discuss). I was fascinated to discover your post just today! We had a small version of dad’s pendulum drawing machine in our house when I was young, and it was always an unusual conversation starter! I’m sorry to say that my dad passed away just last week.

  17. Josh Korwin August 5, 2019 at 5:10 pm #

    Hi Stephen! I am so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. I had the opportunity to speak with him once after I posted my articles about his work. I would love to hear more about him if you would ever be interested to share. Thank you so much for writing.

  18. dragon October 29, 2019 at 7:30 pm #

    I also just spotted the poster in the community episode and endless searching led me here. I was wondering, are any of the other posters in the community scene rip offs or is “diagonal” ?

  19. ilan reisinger February 8, 2021 at 12:15 pm #

    Dear Josh

    Browsing the internet I came about your post about my Dad’s 1958 poster. you did a good job with it!



  20. Ale February 28, 2023 at 5:01 pm #

    Just spotted the poster on the Consultant.

  21. Dawn Mattson May 12, 2023 at 4:09 pm #

    I was at this world’s fair, as a two year old in a baby carriage. My dad was stationed in Germany then, but I was born in Denver {then we went overseas until I was four}. Is there any way to get a copy of this poster?

  22. Josh Korwin May 13, 2023 at 9:55 am #

    Wow, do you have any memories of the fair? These come up sometimes on eBay but not too frequently; they were printed in a variety of languages and styles. One rare variant was recently listed:

  23. LuDo September 6, 2023 at 6:00 pm #

    Hi, I bought a copy of this poster in Bozar (Brussels). They have a lot of copies in French/Dutch. If you got anyone coming to Brussels, and got some luggage space, be sure you ask for one 🙂

  24. Sonia March 2, 2024 at 5:20 am #

    I think it’s very garage rock, retro, or kitschy. I love it.

  25. Jason Quest April 28, 2024 at 9:14 am #

    A few years ago, I wanted to use this typeface in a pastiche of the book cover, and tried in vain to find digital version of it (even a bootleg/look-alike). Instead I cut-and-paste a hacked version from the book cover, extrapolating a few missing letters I needed. I’m mildly obsessive, and I dabble in typography, so I came back to it and finished the alphabet, complete with alternate glyphs (with/out those upper-left serifs that show up on some of them), then added numerals, punctuation… basically enough for usable digital font. The news that there’s a whole actual typeface out there somewhere is tantalizing. But it’s probably for the best that I don’t have access to a complete copy of it, because I’d probably spend the next year tracing and coding all of those ligatures. 🙂


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