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Stencil dies: new tools for an old trade

Kindel, E. (2014) Stencil dies: new tools for an old trade. In: Blume, J., Pané-Farré, P. and Smeijers, F. (eds.) Vom Buch auf die Strasse: Grosse Schrift im öffenlichen Raum (Journal der HGB #3). Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst, Leipzig, pp. 41-61, 127–145 (colour images); 193–210 (English text).

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This study traces the invention and development of stencil dies in the USA in the middle decades of the nineteenth century. Such dies were sold to the general public as tools for cutting stencils; they were portable and thereby offered any enterprising individual a means of canvassing for work in a previously specialist trade. The study begins by looking back at selected European precursors before focusing on the die-making activities of M. J. Metcalf, A. J. Fullam and S. M. Spencer in the north-east states of the USA. Evidence is gathered through the close study of surviving stencil tool ‘outfits’, contemporary catalogues, circulars and newspaper advertisements, and a site visit to Monmouth, Maine, where Metcalf material is preserved.

Item Type:Book or Report Section
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Arts and Communication Design > Typography & Graphic Communication
ID Code:38414
Additional Information:German translation: Die Schablonestanze: ein neues Werkzeug für ein altes Handwerk
Publisher:Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst

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