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. :)