|Time for another episode of winterized cold type of the snow-capped kind. 'Tis the season afterall. The lovely rustic typographic greeting above, dripping with icicles, is brought to you by the Diamond Ink Company of Pittsburg. Okay, I lie...it is page 186 of the 1870 Harpel's Typograph Book of Specimens, published by Oscar Harpel of Cincinnati OH. Harpel was partially responsible for influencing a great number of printers in the artistic printing movement at the time his book was published. The other direct influence according to George Joyner, author of the 1895 Fine Printing: Its Inception, Development, and Practice, was "the introduction of highly finished coated paper capable of producing amazingly detailed and exquisitely colored work that rose to a level of fine art". In the spirit of giving this holiday season, I give you the clickable links to both of these fine books. Happy reading!|
|A colorful trade card from the Magee Furnace Company, courtesy of the excellent Sheaff Ephemera Archive gaslight album. No date listed, but estimating 1890s perhaps. Below is a particularly handsome trade card from 1888 promoting Columbia bicycles. It is as found on eBay last month from this seller, but original link is no longer valid.|
|Sorry, but the metal sign for Kemp's Ice Cream just above, sold on eBay in September for $180. It's not 19th C, but it is old enough to avoid global warming issues. The book cover below is from an 1888 edition of A Snow Baby published by Ernest Nister, in the UK, courtesy The International Children's Digital Library where you can read the entire text for free.|
|Another book cover from The International Children's Digital Library. The Poet & the Brook, published in London for the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge. Check out the nice cap P on Poet made from a cattail reed. Not so sure about the dead goose however. Below is a cropped image I took of a beautiful songsheet cover from Kevin Lynch's collection. This Snowed In Galop commemorates an 1872 three week snowbound train passage in Wyoming. Probably not a big hit, but you can't judge a galop by its beautiful cover. Or can you? Based upon the design, it probably sold quite well. |
Many more materials on cold type can be found in last year's post here.