Immoveable Type

Stencil was a moveable immoveable form of typesetting. In the early 1900’s, S.G. Monce Inc. manufactured the IMPROVED INTERCHANGEABLE “LOCK” STENCIL set with complete set of capital letters, numbers,and more. The only thing that’s old fashioned about this set is, that it was made in the early 1900s. Otherwise, it’s as viable today as it ever was, and even more durable than some systems today. Here’s the artifact. Long Live the Stencil!

lock stencillock stencil 1Stencil will be the next title in the series that includes Shadow Type and Scripts by Steven Heller and Louise Fili (Thames and Hudson). Watch for it.


Additional Resource
For a further study into type, pick up The Ultimate Typography Collection for Designers, which includes workshops, an e-book and much more.