Learning to Letter by Paul Carlyle and Guy Oring truly showed off lettering as an art in 1939. They laid out instruction, but also tons of inspiration throughout the book.

The decorative and exotic styling of this specimen screamed to be revived, but I couldn’t have never foreseen on my original attraction to it how it would have spun off into so many derivatives. Their expression of craft almost a century ago is still planting seeds of inspiration today.

Again, I have to give Jim the most credit on this, as he took the original specimen and ran with it, starting first with the original and developing the Engraved look, then formulating the Text style, then the Iron style and lastly the playful Iron Hand family.