Monday, September 17, 2012

Letra...Set....GO - Office Supplies, Part I

I learn so much from you, my dear readers!  For example, when I asked you what your favorite childhood ephemera was (for the contest last week), quite a few of you said, "office supplies!"

I couldn't agree more.  I love vintage office supplies - in fact, I'm going to make this a two-part office supplies post!

Hands down, my all-time favorite office supply is Letraset Letters.  One may hear them called by other names - dry transfer, Chartpak letters (another brand name), rub-ons - but whatever the name, there are only two opinions about them - they are either revered, or reviled.  :)

I fall into the first category, although I may not if I actually had to use them for my job!  That's exactly what my friend Dina had to do - she was a graphic artist in the 70's and 80's, back when wax and graphic tape - and Letraset letters - were de rigeur.  It was this same wonderful friend who gave me this amazing and enormous pile of letters....

Yeah, I know.  I'm in awe, too.  :D  Aren't these incredible?!?  These are fonts I've never even heard of!  She brought them during one of our "white elephant" swaps at our ATC live trades - I nearly plotzed when I saw the box!  A friend of hers was throwing them out and asked if anyone wanted them - Dina saved them from the "great circular file in the sky"!  I just love them.

This past Wednesday night, Brian and I were at our friends Matt and Fran's house. Matt hauled out his own packet of letters, only his are either Stenso or Deca-Dry, two brand names I've never heard of!  Imagine my surprise when he asked me if I wanted them - um, yes, please!  :D  I helped Matt and Fran with a family art project and this was payment and a HALF!  Thanks again, Matt!  :D

Are you drooling yet?  Would you like some of your very own?  Well, you're in luck!  Our friend Sara at Manto Fev is selling unused Chartpak letters for a BUCK a set!  That's insanely cheap!  I've gotten quite a few sets from her (like these, above) and they're always wonderful - now it's your chance!  :D

I LOVE using these in my art work - I use them probably more than any other supply I have.  :)


  1. In high school art, many moons ago, we called these letters "Press Type."

    1. Lucky! You got to use these in art class?! I wish I would've gone to your high school! :D

  2. Yep, we called 'em "presstype" too. When I teach typography, I bring in the stack of presstype I bought off eBay a couple years back and give each student a sheet to work with. What better way to teach letter spacing than having to do it by hand?!?

    1. There is quite an art to getting those blasted letters to line up, for sure! It's a kerning baptism by fire, Kevin! :D