Lettering: Gaspipe

This style of lettering was most common in the 1930s–50s, but used up to the 1980s. It’s typified by a simple, almost modular construction of even strokes and rounded corners on a rectangular grid (think pipes!). Signpainters & 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 gaspipe lettering. Sometimes strokes end at a jaunty angle, but mostly its fairly straightforward. Gas-pipe style fonts: http://j.mp/ZyI1zT
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“How to make show cards” by Charles Arthur Miller, ca. 1916.

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Dairy Queen, Worthington, OH

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The Philadelphia Story titles

Murray’s Sturgeon Shop, NY. Photo by Lia Bekyan for Hopes&Fears.

A.E. Meek Trunk & Bag Co., Photo by RoadsideArchitecture.com

Peter Ewart, Canadian Rockies (Canadian Pacific) ca.1941

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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Central Camera, Chicago

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Großdruckerei, Hannover, Germany

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old neon sign, Memphis,TN.