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Posted on June 17, 2011

The Book Of American Types 1941

Design/ Technology



Last weekend I went to visit my mom, she lives an hour north of me in the town where I grew up. I had gone to community college starting back in 2003 and I always past this vintage shop, located in a building that used to be a barn. For years I drove by without ever stopping in, even though I had interest to. So this time when I went home for some reason I kept thinking about it — almost like it was calling me! So I decided to take a trip and FINALLY check it out after all this time.

I spent a good hour or so in there. Since I am a huge fan of collage and cutting things out I asked if they had any old books. I figured I could find something interesting and cheap enough to tear apart and use! But instead I came across a collection of old type books from the 1940s! I could not tell you how much the little kid in me wanted to jump up and down! I spoke to the man that works there he told me they belonged to a graphic designer named Murray Stein who lived and worked in New York City. Apparently he hoarded everything he owned and when he passed away his wife sold all of his work, books and supplies. I could not find any information on him but the man in the store told me he worked completely in the original style of graphic design – long before computers. And once technology started to take over the field, he decided to retire. The only thing that bugs me is the book has a sticker on it that says “Lou Kashins” and it is also written on the inside of the book too. Who knows, maybe Murray borrowed it and never gave it back to Lou. Either way, I am glad it ended up in my hands. I took some photos to share with you… this is only 1 of 3 books I came across. I will show the others in future posts.


Garamond Bold

Facing pages – Garamond Bold and Garamond Bold Italic

Goudy Cursive

Agency Gothic Regular and Open

Raleigh Gothic Condensed and Headline Gothic

This book mainly focused on the examples of type sizes. 12pt, 36pt, 72pt etc..

I took photos of the inside of this book as well…

Empire Typeface

Bernhard Tango Swash Capitals

Advertising Figures – Examples of how money should be displayed

An even smaller chart a loose single page – found within the supplement book.

Posted on October 20, 2010

Infinite Possibilities


And now for a post outside the design world, but I have to share! At the end of September Mike Dooley [writer] was holding a contest on facebook/twitter. I was one of the winners, and I got his book Infinite Possibilities newly in paperback autographed and sent to me. I was and I still am very excited. I just received my book about a week ago, and although I have not started reading I am very excited to. (I’m still in the middle of another book). Mr. Dooley was also one of the writers from The Secret and also has his own line of books, dvds and even a fun website. I wake up to a “note from the universe” every day, thanks to him. Definitely worth checking out, and if you enjoy learning about the law of attraction like I do, his books are not only informing but he makes it fun. WOOHOO! 🙂

“Room Service? Hi. It’s me again, Christie. That’s right, in the Penthouse Suite. If you wouldn’t mind, could we please have another round of desserts, some more wood on the fire, and, uh, some new springs for the trampoline?” – Notes from the Universe

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