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Lettering: Gas-pipe

This is a style of lettering common during the 1920s–50s. It’s typified by a simple, almost modular construction of even strokes and rounded corners on a rectangular grid (think pipes!). Sign painters and makers often used this style as it was easy to learn and quick to produce. Flat- or round-topped ‘A’, ‘M’, and ‘N’s are common in gas-pipe lettering. Sometimes strokes end at a jaunty angle, but mostly its fairly straightforward. Gas-pipe style fonts:

Sather’s Jewelry, Roosevelt, UT

Editorial spread from Charm, January 1954 issue, pages 128-129, photographed by William Helburn

1950s Type Font Design Alphabet Speedball Ink Typography Book | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Shamrock Motor Hotel - Vidalia, Louisiana | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Florida | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Rey Giese Exhibition | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

1950s Spred paint can (via File Photo)

Emil Sick’s Select Beer by Stewf, via Flickr Just acquired this mid-century sign. Back tag reads “The Photoplating Co., Minneapolis”.

Title page of “Shadow Type: Classic Three-Dimensional Lettering”

Stüf Stuff • Trailer titles for La Notte (1961)