Here is a beautiful sample of ornamental typography. The page is titled Specimen of Ornamental Lettering Showing Use of Old English Text. I scanned the original from Hill’s Manual of Social and Business Forms, by Thos. E. Hill. The book was published in 1886. The wording on this beautiful specimen of ornamental typography is:
THE PUBLISHERS OF THE
New York City
UPON THE 19TH DAY OF JANUARY, 1882
a prize of an engrossed pen and ink premium for the best set of
Company By Laws, Blanks and Roll.
THIS IS TO CERTIFY THAT
THE Passair Steam Fire
OF PATERSON, N. J. Engine Co. No. 1.
HAS BEEN AWARDED THE
In Testimony Whereof we the undersigned Judges have hereunto
affixed our signatures on this the twelfth day of October A.D., 1882.
(The signatures of the committee of award are here omitted for want of room.)
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Here is a wonderful vintage clip art image of a hen and rooster. They are Light Brahmas. The illustration is from a dictionary in my collection that was published in 1906. Click on image to enlarge.
This vintage French seed label features a wonderful illustration of a two golden yellow turnips. The description on the label is Navet Jaune Boule D’or. This type of vintage seed label would have been pasted on a seed packet or jar of seeds for retail sale.Click on image to enlarge.
Here is a vintage clip art image of a beautiful antique pitcher mantel ornament. The pitcher had gold plated mounting, was 19 ½” high and sold for $3.98 in 1897-98. The illustration is from the H. O’Neill & Co. 1897-8 Fall & Winter Fashion Catalogue. Click on image to enlarge.
Here is a vintage page of four Standard Alphabets. The alphabets included on the page are: Antique Pointed Extended, Sign Language, Doric and Pointed Condensed. The page is from Hill’s Manual of Social and Business Forms, by Thos. E. Hill, 1886. Click on image to enlarge.