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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:

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Lettering: Gas-pipe

Lettering: Gas-pipe

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Texas Centennial Exposition Pass, Dallas, 1936 | by Alan Mays

1950s political party sign in Baunei, Sardinia.

Gebrauchsgraphik - International Advertising Art magazine - June 1937, design by S A Watkins | by mikeyashworth

Alphabet formed by Jesse Collins, Industrial Design Partnership, London, from Lettering of Today, 1937 | by mikeyashworth

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Amazing Mid-century Photographs of San Francisco - Best of Web Shrine


Sather’s Jewelry, Roosevelt, UT

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

Vintage 1955 56 Radio Phono Fernseh Katalog Blaupunkt Siemens Krefft | eBay

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

Central Camera, Chicago

Las Vegas Club by, via Flickr

Jackpot Motel by, via Flickr

Großdruckerei, Hannover, Germany

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

old neon sign, Memphis,TN.

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)

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