Tag Archives: retro

Best Gift Ever: Linotype T-Shirt

[singlepic id=610 w=500] [singlepic id=612 w=250 float=left] Alyssa just made a masterpiece of a t-shirt based on the cover of a 1951 book called The Linotype Handbook for Teletypesetter Operation. Just in time for the screening of Doug Wilson‘s Linotype: The Film this Saturday, March 17, at the International Printing Museum. The t-shirt was stenciled […]

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Duro Decals Box o’ Typography

[singlepic id=605 w=500] The Duro Decals brand, which still exists today, has been knocking out good, wholesome, sturdy display type and lettering (in decal, sign, and stencil form) since 1938. The Chicago-based company begat “Duro Dan,” their quirky advertising mascot, a sort of elvish, mustachioed gnome-like character that touted Duro’s wares during the middle of […]

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The Ludlow: Typographic Influence, 1931–1962

On Saturday, November 12, I gave a brief presentation at the International Printing Museum about a selection of typefaces that were designed by Robert Hunter Middleton for the Ludlow Typograph, a letterpress linecasting machine (for which we just so happen to be doing a Kickstarter Campaign). Focusing on the idea of “typographic influence,” I have […]

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Diagonal: Fake Vertigo Poster?

[singlepic id=535 w=520 float=none] While I’m on the topic of prop documents, this has been bothering me for months: a while back I was watching TV1, and I saw a poster in the background that looked quite a bit like Saul Bass‘s famous Vertigo one-sheet. The typography is almost identical in style. The colors too. […]