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A few lettering pieces


Love and heartbreak
Most stuff designs itself. Once in a while a piece presents an extra opportunity.


Simple copperplate with added drama

A new lettering piece usually starts with two ingredients. One is style. The other is a suitable text of the right length. Here the text is about desire.

Joshua Whitcombe’s Book of Love Letters (Baltimore, 1912) served a fine purpose. It supplied approved phrases for graceful courtship in polite society. To people without a gift for words, it was a salvation.

His text for a marriage proposal is a good starting point. Then, for pathos, let’s include the pain and disappointment of a rejected suitor. A picture helps.

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