One does not typically compare typeface design with Rock ’n’ Roll… In fact, the legendary designer Matthew Carter once said: “watching me work is like watching a refrigerator make ice”. That is about as opposite to Rock ’n’ Roll as you can get. Yet this »Show Letters« print series merges antique type specimens with the aesthetic of vintage Rock/Blues/Rhythm & Blues posters to create exciting and beautiful mashups.

These type samples come from 100+ year old books that existed to sell wooden or metal fonts. Now in poster format, the layouts & letters are purely decorative and the chosen words become more important than the letterforms. The designs have been elevated from pure marketing ephemera to art pieces that make their own statements.

Since the original type specimen books are increasingly rare, expensive, and unobtainable for most, these prints are here to bring the most interesting typographic designs to everyone. Recreated here are some of the most special layouts and Dadaesque texts to entertain and brighten up living & work spaces. Each page has been redrawn by hand to create imperfect renderings that give a unique human touch to cold, mechanical reproductions. The monochromatic pages have been brought to life with vibrant, tricolor backgrounds reminiscent of the split-fountain screen prints from mid-century music posters.

So whether you are a hardcore type nerd, or just someone looking for a striking and memorable new wall hanging, these typographic Show Letters are for you.

29 designs to choose from
30 × 40 cm (~11.8 × 15.75 in)
Matte paper, 192gsm
Museum-quality Giclée printing
Printed & shipped from the USA or EU depending on the destination
All prints are just $18!
 

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#01
Specimen of Printing Types by Henry Caslon, 1841
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Letter Show #01
 

#02
Cleveland Type Foundry, 1895
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Letter Show #02
 

#03
Barnhart Brothers & Spindler, 1907
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Letter Show #03
 

#04
Cincinnati Type Foundry, 1870
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#05
Keystone Type Foundry, 1906
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#06
American Type Founders, 1912
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#07
American Type Founders, 1912
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#08
Cleveland Type Foundry, 1895
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#09
Specimen of Printing Types by Henry Caslon, 1841
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Letter Show #09
 

#10
Keystone Type Foundry, 1906
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Letter Show #10
 

#11
The Book of Ornamental Alphabets, 1914
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Letter Show #11
 

#12
Keystone Type Foundry, 1906
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#13
Cincinnati Type Foundry, 1882
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Letter Show #13
 

#14
The Book of Ornamental Alphabets, 1914
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Letter Show #14
 

#15
Specimen of Printing Types by Henry Caslon, 1841
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#16
Hamilton Wood Type, 1899
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#17
Specimen of Printing Types by Henry Caslon, 1841
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Letter Show #17
 

#18
Specimen of Printing Types by Henry Caslon, 1841
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Letter Show #18
 

#19
Specimens of Chromatic Wood Type, Borders, etc. Manufactured by Wm. H. Page & Co, 1874
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#20
An Abridged Specimen of Printing Types Made at Bruce’s New York Type Foundry, 1869
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#21
Specimen of Printing Types by Henry Caslon, 1841
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#22
Bauersche Giesserei, 1900
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#23
Inland Type Foundry, 1897
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#24
A Specimen of Printing Types by William Caslon, 1785
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#25
A Specimen of Printing Types by William Caslon, 1785
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#26
Bauersche Giesserei, 1900
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#27
Toronto Type Foundry, 1899
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#28
MacKellar Smiths & Jordan, 1892
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#29
MacKellar Smiths & Jordan, 1892
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Letter Show #29

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