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Atkinson Sign Painting, 1909

February 23, 2010

In the library this week I found a copy of Atkinson Sign Painting, by Frank H Atkinson, a sort of trade manual-cum-brochure originally published in the US in 1909. Type “vintage signs” or “handpainted signs” into Google, and you can see for yourself the sort of hideous modern versions that are peddled to a commercial market. Well balanced and baroque almost to the point of being psychedelic in places, there’s something very pleasing about Atkinson’s original designs.

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