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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:

Großdruckerei, Hannover, Germany

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

Florida | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Stephen’s Meat Products | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Rey Giese Exhibition | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Jack Dempsey's, New York 1967 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Muster-Alphabete Block-Schrift | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

1948 ad for Heart’s Delight Juicidrinks (via File Photo) | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

1950s Spred paint can (via File Photo)

United Electric Supply Co., now modified for The Summit Group ad agency:

The Wrinkle's The Reason, General Tire ad, 1939

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)

Stüf Stuff • Trailer titles for La Notte (1961)

Stüf Stuff • Trailer titles for La Notte (1961)

Stüf Stuff • Trailer titles for La Notte (1961)

Meanwhile in Chicago… (at Central Camera)

Second Home Kitchen and Bar

Peterson Glass, Chicago

Central Camera, Wabash, Chicago

15th and Irving Place, New York City

Medical Building, Central Central Ave, South of Irving Park, Chicago

Presenting the comet. New streamlined air-conditioned train, via Flickr.