Stencil Letters: The Original and Still The Best

A thing of beauty from Princeton’s Graphic Arts blog: “The first U.S. patent (no. 1,767) for ‘settable-unit stencils’ was filed in 1840 by Edwin Allen, who designed stencils of individual letters that could be joined together to form words.”

stencil letters copy

As you can see clearly in these photos, these were mostly used for spelling out screams: “E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E!”

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One Response to “Stencil Letters: The Original and Still The Best”

  1. Jean Womack says:

    An unseen hand guides me to make stencils from old stencil plates but an unseen person sits on my shoulder and tells me, don’t do it; it’s copying.