This week I ordered Faythe Levine's "Sign Painters". When a coworker of mine saw the book arrive, he said he had a book I'd be interested in seeing. Little did I know that what he would show me was an Instructional Text Book for Sign Makers that was over 100 years old. I immediately began to take photos of every page, of course, and I've selected a few images that are particularly delightful for your viewing pleasure. Sadly, this copy of "I.C.S. Reference Library - Show-Card Writing Design and Ornament Alphabets" is one of the very few left in existence and cannot be purchased off Amazon. If anyone finds it somewhere else, I'd love to hear about it in the comments.
(All images are Copyright 1903 by International Textbook Company and the book is owned by Andrew Marconi, who inherited it from his grandfather)