Speedball

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Speedball: Rolling in Neutral

Letterers go gaga over Speedball ephemera. Speedball textbooks went through many stylistic iterations over the years, but remained -- more or less -- the same. See for yourself.

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Its All In The Nib

Drawing letters by hand — at least in the old days — required having the right tools, and that means nibs (pen points of differing shapes).

The Vintage Speedball Textbook

I once found a set of Speedball pen nibs as a kid. I was familiar with conventional pen and ink usage, but had never seen nibs like this before. It wasn’t until taking a calligraphy course in college (with Professor Don Anderson, author of “The Art Of Written Forms”) that I ran across them...

Speedball, Italian-Style

Last January I published a Daily Heller on the joys of writing with Speedball Triple Reservoir Pens. Now for the Italian version. The pages here are from a 1929 textbook devoted to the Milan based Heintze & Blanckertz’s Redis-Tinter pen, touted as the best pen points for decorative writing. It takes a steady wrist...