Atkinson” Sign Painting Up to Now. A complete manual of the Art of Sign Painting—Contains Ninety Six Designs or Layouts and accompanying color notes—Seventy Five Alphabets embracing all standard styles, their modifications and alternates—Comprehensive text covering all practical phases of the art—for every day reference in the shop.
Chicago: Frederick J. Drake & Company, 1929. Later edition. First published in 1909. All editions are uncommon in commerce. With over two hundred full-page illustrations of sign designs, including fifty-eight pages of type specimens. Edgewear, and spotting to cloth. Twentieth century bookplate of a David A. White to corner of front pastedown. Some foxing to edges and endpapers. A good copy. Olive green cloth printed in green, red, and black. Quarto. 249, [2, index], [1, ads] pp. Item #17384
A guide to design, painting, engraving, typography, glasswork, and other skills necessary for designing store signs, shopfronts, and advertising material. In the preface, Frank H. Atkinson (b. 1871) explains that the book is intended for students pursuing careers in design, as well as craftspeople in need of a reference text. Several pages at the end of the work comprise reviews and test questions for students looking to improve their skills.
We could not locate much information on Frank H. Atkinson. He also wrote Scene Painting and Bulletin Art (1916), Scene Painting and Bulletin Art (1927), and other texts on art and design. In the preface to the present work, he describes himself as having two decades of experience in the craft.