Right before the launch of Lettering Library, I made a visit to the incredibly expansive Zaner-Bloser Penmanship Collection at the Weinberg Memorial Library at Scranton University. Mr. Michael Knies handled my appointment in their special collections department and brought out box after box after box of incredible original material from master penmen of ages past. There were books, letters of correspondence, large original drawings, engraved plates, and much more to be seen there.
I have a bit of a personal obsession with the work of Daniel T. Ames, so to see such a wealth of original documents with his handiwork was marvelous. Here’s a look at some of the masterful work Ames executed for a variety of documents and publications including work for his own books and trade cards. I should make mention that it’s hard to tell the scale of the work here, but each piece is well over 2′ wide which I’d imagine is a fair deal larger than many lettering artists of today work at, myself included. Without further ado, here are some shots from my little expedition to Scranton, Pennsylvania.
If you’re from the eastern or central Pennsylvania area (or beyond if you don’t mind a road trip) get in touch with Michael Knies at Scranton University to set up your own appointment to check out the killer content there. I’m going to go back and get some more photos within the next or so and give you all a deeper insight into how wonderful this particular collection is. Check it out here for much more information and details: