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justin kay's picture
Joined: 18 Mar 2004 - 1:14pm
photo-lettering,inc type specimin books

hey all, as im sure a lot of people here would be on the hunt for these books this might be a worthless post... but anyone have any ideas on places to look for the old photlettering books like the ones on http://photolettering.com/ ? i have the 2 thesauruses (thesaurusi?), but im on the lookout for some of the old smaller books like the ones piled up in the photo in the background.

i assume there must be some around in nyc somewhere... but id prefer to not have to resort to gallaghers and pay 200 bucks a book.

thanks for any help!

George Everet Thompson's picture
Joined: 8 Oct 2004 - 11:00am

Occasionally one will show up on eBay. Not often though. A copy of Psychedelitypes sold a few weeks ago. And there are several people looking for them on eBay.

You can also use bookfinder.com and abebooks.com. Between the two they cover most of the online dealers in the U.S. and several in Europe. Do periodic searches for "photolettering" and "photo lettering."

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Patricia Fabricant's picture
Joined: 23 Mar 2004 - 9:40am

Best site I've found for rare/used/out of print books is:


They seem to have a few.

This site searches all the other used book sites. I've found some gems there.

Norbert Florendo's picture
Joined: 9 Jun 2005 - 2:21pm

Several of the booklets and flyers shown in the image you linked pre-date ITC. Lucky pack-rat that I am I still have several of the ones shown, like "Nostalgia" signed by Ed Benguiat.

If I find any duplicates (I know I have a couple) I will donate what I find to TypeCon's Typographic Treasures.