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.  :)





4 comments:

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

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

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  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?!?

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    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

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