Signwriting for vans, 1940s’ style

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Van Writing Up-To-Date was published in 1949 and featured these examples of hand painted ‘van writing’ excellence.

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Lots of lovely hand lettering there, with some fine illustration thrown in for good measure. The book tells you everything you need to know as a commercial vehicle signwriter, and includes some template designs which I’ll post on another occasion.

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Before they were ghostsigns

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The Council for the Preservation of Rural England used to produce leaflets bewailing the despoiling of town and countryside by intrusive advertising. Though the photos they used were invariably black, white and fuzzy, they do show some of the ads in use at the time. These shots are from the 1947 booklet Posters And The Planning Act.

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For some reason the future looked brighter through steel framed windows.