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This section of tedhaigh.com displays a sampling of the source material I've accumulated to derive insight, inspiration (and facts) to support the work I do. My graphic archive contains books, magazines, newspapers, paper ephemera, packaging and labels from the past. Shown here are some of the books and periodicals I've found invaluable to my craft. It won't include books on golf because I did a golf movie, or books on espionage because I did a spy film. Items of advantage to those aspects of film production come along readily with the projects at hand. Here are resources that I use without regard to script or plot specifics. Just as the world does not recreate itself for every drama, comedy, or tragedy on its surface, so neither should the underlying foundations of theatrical graphic design presume to do so. What works you will encounter here are a range of the uncommon to the exceedingly rare. I have many other fine books, published recently, deserving of credit as well - but I think you'll find it easy enough to uncover them on your own... just check your local bookstores or online.


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Alf Becker's 100 Alphabets book cover
U.S., 1941
101 Alphabets book cover
U.S., 1954
1940 wallpaper catalog
Montgomery Ward, 1940
Advertising Layout book cover
U.S., 1928
Advertiser's Sketch Book cover
U.S., 1937
Advertising & Editorial Layout book cover
U.S., 1949
Advertising Handbook book cover, 1930
U.S., 1921
Advertising Ideas magazine cover, 1921
U.S., 1921
Airbrush Art book cover
U.S., 1939
Alphabets book cover
U.S., 1930
Alphabets Old & New book cover
England, 1906
Alphabets, by Edward Strange
England, 1913
Campana's Amateur Artist's Encyclopedia (1941) book cover
U.S., 1941
Hollister's American Alphabets (1930) book cover
U.S., 1930
American Book-Maker magazine
U.S., 1888
American Encylcopaedia of Printing book cover
U.S., 1871
American Line-Type Book catalogue cover
U.S., 1906
American Mural Painting book cover
U.S., 1902
MacKellar's The American Printer (1874) book cover
U.S., 1874
American Type Specimen Book (1912) cover
U.S., 1912
American Type Founders' font book cover
U.S., 1941
Applied Art book cover
U.S., 1933
Bourne & von Holst-Brown's Architectural Drawing & Letterng (1907) book cover
U.S., 1907
Armstrong's Linoleum catalog
U.S., 1933
Gress' Art & Practice of Typography book title page
U.S., 1910
Artist's Materials; Devoe catalogue cover
U.S., 1928
Bergling's Art Monograms & Lettering book cover
U.S., 1916
The Art of Color & Design by maitland Graves book cover
U.S., 1941
Jacob's The Art of Colour book cover
U.S., 1923
The Art of Etching book cover
U.S., 1929
Svenson's Art of Lettering (1924) book cover
U.S., 1924
3D Design book cover
U.S., 1959
Barnhart Brothers & Spindler typography 1926 Catalog 25-A book cover
U.S., 1926
E. T. Barnum Iron & Wire Works #770 Catalog cover
U.S., 1930
Blue Print Text Book of Sign and Show Card Lettering book cover
U.S., 1926
A Book of American Trade-Marks (1924) book cover
U.S., 1924
A Book of Lettering (1928) book cover
U.S., 1928
The Verse by the Side of the Road (Burma Shave) book cover
U.S., 1965
Commercial Art & Advertising Layout by E. C. Matthews book cover
U.S., 1938
Show Card Lettering by James Eisenberg
U.S., 1946
Complete Carriage & Wagon Painter book cover
U.S., 1913
Creative Hands book cover
U.S., 1948
Creative Illustration by Andrew Loomis book cover
U.S., 1947
Decorative Glass Processes book cover
U.S., 1916
Decorative Writing & Arrangement of Lettering book cover
England, 1921
Longyear's Modern Type Faces & Lettering book cover
U.S., 1936
Draughtman's Map book cover
U.S., 1891
Electrical Advertising book cover
U.S., 1925
Elements of Lettering by Frederic Goudy book cover
England, 1922
Essentials of Design book cover
U.S., 1924
Examples of Lettering & Design book cover
England, 1928
Kelly's The Expert Sign Painter (1911) book cover
U.S., 1911
Gress' Fashions in American Typography book cover
U.S., 1931
American Correspondence School's Freehand Drawing textbook cover
U.S., 1906
Garrison-Wagner Special Sales Advertising brochure cover
U.S., circa 1920s
Gaskell's Guide (1883) book cover
U.S., 1883
Pittsburgh Paint's Glass & Paints (1923) book cover
U.S., 1923
Graphic Arts book cover
U.S., 1936
Graphic Presentation, 1939 book cover
U.S., 1939
How to Design Greeting Cards (1926) book cover
U.S., 1926
The Grocer's Idea Book
U.S., 1938
His Majesty's Faces of Type book cover
England, 1922
His Majesty's Faces of Type book cover
England, 1922
Davidson's House Painting Graining Marbling & Sign Painting (1904) book cover
England, 1904
How to Draw & Paint (1850) book cover
U.S., 1850
How to Paint Flowers, Scrolls & Fancy Borders book cover
U.S., 1905
Matthews' How to Paint Signs & Sho' Cards book cover
U.S., 1926
Knaus' How to Paint with Air (1947) book cover
U.S., 1947
How to Write Signs Tickets and Posters book cover
England, 1911
Inland Printer magazine cover
U.S., 1925
Introduction to Advertising book
U.S., 1935
The Lacquer System of Sign Painting book cover
U.S., 1928
Layouts for Advertising book cover
U.S., 1928
Lettering by Thomas Wood Stevens book cover
U.S., 1916
Ballinger's Lettering Art in Modern Use book cover
U.S., 1952
Ornstein's Lettering for Fun (1939) book cover
U.S., 1939
Hornung's Lettering from A to Z book cover
U.S., 1954
Hunt Bros' Lettering of Today book cover
U.S., 1937
The Studio's Lettering of Today book cover
England, 1937
Walter Foster's Lettering with Brush & Pen (circa 1950) book cover
U.S., circa 1950
Linoleum Block Printing (1929) book cover
U.S., 1929
Manual of the Outdoor Advertising Association of  America (1926) book cover
U.S., 1926
A Manual of Airbrush Technique book cover
U.S., 1941
Doust's A Manual of Lettering & Lay-Out book cover
England, 1934
Manuscript Writing & Lettering book cover
England, 1918
Martin's Complete Ideas book cover
U.S., 1939
Modern Alphabets book cover
U.S., 1936
Tripp's Modern Lettering & Design book cover
U.S., 1936
Modern Lettering From A To Z (1934) book cover
England, 1934
Modern Painter's Cyclopedia book cover
U.S., 1918
Sturdivant's Modern Show Card & Theatrical Poster Lettering book cover
U.S., 1948
Monsen Type Manual catalogue cover
U.S., 1929
The Manual of Monumental Lettering (1917) book cover
U.S., 1917
National Encyclopedia of Business & Social Forms book cover
U.S., 1882
The New Typography & Modern Layouts book cover
U.S., 1934
One Stroke Lettering book cover
England, circa 1920s
Outdoor Advertising book cover
U.S., 1928
Picture Posters (1896) book cover
U.S., 1896
Plain & Ornamental Lettering book cover
England, 1936
Biegeleisen's Poster Gallery book cover
U.S., 1947
Posters and Showcards (1946) book cover
England, 1946
Charles Matlack Price's Posters book cover
U.S., 1913
Posters & Publicity book cover
England, 1926
Posters & Their Designers book cover
England, 1924
The Power of Print & Men book cover
The Power of Print & Men; Linotype, 1936
Practical Illustration book cover
U.S., 1920
Practical House, Wagon & Automobile Painter book cover
U.S., 1919
Mitchell's Practical Lettering & Layout (1935) book cover
England, 1935
Owen's Practical Sign Painting book cover
U.S., 1947
Practical Signs & Posterwork for Beginners (1939) book cover
U.S., 1939
Printed Salesmanship, September, 1933, magazine cover
U.S., 1933
Progressive Design for Students book cover
England, 1902
A Book On the Art of Ps and Qs and Letter Arrangement
U.S., 1926
Quality Stamp Company catalog
U.S., 1930
Higgins' Inks' (1945) booklet cover
U.S., 1945
Sears Seroco Paint paint sample folder cover
U.S., circa 1907
Sheldon's 20th Century Letter Writer book cover
U.S., 1901
A Show at Sho' Cards book cover
U.S., 1918
Show Card Lay-out and Design (1937) book cover
England, 1937
Jowitt's Modern Show Card Writing book cover
U.S., 1924
Showmanship in Advertising book cover
U.S., 1949
Birtles Sign Writing book cover
England, 1935
Constantine & Jacobson's Sign Language (1961) book cover
U.S., 1961
Signs of the Times magazine cover
U.S., 1922
Zahn's Silk Screen Methods of Reproduction book cover
U.S., 1935
Sixty Alphabets book cover
U.S., 1935
The Standard Grainer, Stainer & Marbler book cover
U.S., 1923
The Story of Signs book cover
U.S., 1954
Charles Strong's Art of Show Card Writing (1904) book cover
U.S., 1904
Charles Strong's Art of Show Card Writing (1922) book cover
U.S., 1922
The Technique of the Poster book cover
England, 1933
The Technique of the Poster book cover
England, 1933
Ticket Writing & Sign Painting book cover
England, 1916
Pearson's Ticket & Showcard Designing book cover
England, 1937
Welo's Trademark & Monogram Suggestions book cover
England, 1937
Type for Books & Advertising book cover
U.S., 1947
Worthy Paper Company sample book cover
U.S., 1927
Johnston's Writing & Illuminating & Lettering book cover
England, 1911
E.C. Matthews' Writing Signs for Profit (1954) book cover
U.S., 1954
Biegeleisen's The ABC of Lettering book cover
U.S., 1940
The ABC of Showcard & Ticket Writing book cover
Australia, 1933
Campana's The Artist & Decorator book cover
U.S., 1925
Atkinson Sign Painting book cover
U.S., 1915
Baker's Show Card Book, cover
U.S., 1916
Heberling's Basic Lettering book cover
U.S., 1922
Matasek's Beginner's Course in Show Card Writing book cover
U.S., 1924
The Book of Alphabets & Layouts by Al Imelli
U.S., 1922
Coast manual of Lettering and Designs textbook cover
U.S., 1907
Copley's Plain & Ornamental Standard Alphabets book cover
U.S., 1877
David's Practical Letterer book cover
U.S., 1903
Decorative Design book cover
U.S., 1916
Draughtman's Alphabets book cover
U.S., 1877
The Practcal Use of Drawlet Drawing & Lettering Pens (1925) booklet cover
U.S., 1925
Pen Lettering Simplified with Drawlet Pens (1929) booklet cover
U.S., 1929
8th Annual of Advertising Art (1929) book cover
U.S., 1929
Elements of Show Card Writing book cover
U.S., 1923
French & Meiklejohn's Essentials of Lettering (1912) book cover
U.S., 1912
Faust's Complete Card Writer book cover
U.S., 1920
Henderson's Sign Painter book cover
U.S., repro of 1906 edition
Bissell's Instructions On Modern Show Card Writing book cover
U.S., 1913
Carlyle's Layouts & Letterheads book cover
U.S., 1938
Lettering at Work by Frederick Horn book cover
England, 1955
Lettering for Commercial Purposes book cover
U.S., 1918
Carlyle's Letters & Lettering book cover
U.S., 1943
Letters Analyzed & Spaced book cover
U.S., 1952
Luminous Advertising Sketches book cover
U.S., 1953
Modern Ornament & Design book cover
U.S., 1927
Modern Show Card Lettering Designs book cover
U.S., 1913
Duvall's Modern Sign Painting book cover
U.S., 1949
The New Zanerian Alphabets book cover
U.S., 1904
Delamotte's Book of Ornamental Alphabets cover
England, 1863
The Ornamental Penman's Pocket Book of Alphabets cover
U.S., circa 1890s
Plexiglas Sign Manual (1955) catalog cover
U.S., 1955
Practical Ticket & Showcard Writing booklet cover
Australia, 1951
Sho' Card Lay-Outs booklet cover
England, circa 1935
Duvall's The Show Card Writer book cover
U.S., 1950
The Signist's Modern book of Alphabets cover
U.S., 1906
Sign Layouts book cover
U.S., 1901
Spanger Bros 1928 catalogue cover
U.S., 1928
Standard American Drawing & Lettering Book cover
U.S., 1911
Strong's book of Designs cover
U.S., 1918
The Theory & Practice of Lettering book cover
U.S., 1904
3 book covers: Coates' Van Writing Up-to-Date (U.K., 1937), Vanderwalker's New Stencils & Their Use (U.S. 1918), and Jowitt's Modern Show Card Writing (U.S. 1922)
U.K., 1937; U.S., 1918; U.S., 1922 respectively

The 184 titles displayed here are only part of the archive - which contains everything from vintage calendars, general interest magazines, printers' port cast clip art designs from the '20s, old photography, old engraving, fabrics, and yes, more books...virtually anything into which some inspired graphic design thought has been placed. I'm tenacious searching out these obscure insights to art and history in appreciation of their designers and the ideas they actualized.

Give time, I want each book, catalogue, or periodical title here to have a page beyond the current high resolution image. What makes each work useful, inspirational, handy and to which trades? What history lies behind these works and the trends they represented in their heyday?.

What titles are available digitally, or are real bargains based on what they impart, I'll be sure to advise. It's a smart way to start a graphic research archive on a budget.

And if this sampling simply whets your appetite, click here for an Excel-friendly file of my entire bibliographic archive as of October 2012. I'm always happy to share. Hopefully this and future enhancements in this space will assist in my personal stead.

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