Posted earlier this week, a new monogram story http://www.feltandwire.com/2011/01/25/monograms-a-la-modern/ including our copper photo-engraved plates, hand cut, 1/2" steel dies and sets of engraved monogram notes.
Our copper-engraved monograms are created in Illustrator based on a rudimentary gridded template that had been converted by an engraver from the original pantograph Masterplate system that goes back to the 1930s.
Notice that some of the monogram styles pictured in the (fuzzy—sorry, hand held iPhone) photo above are the very styles in the letterpress types at the beginning of the article.
At the beginning of the 20th century, ATF aggressively marketed engraved lettering styles to a new and potentially lucrative market: social stationery, which they had never marketed to before. So many of the social type styles we see today were originally engraved.