engraved in mind


En.grav.ing: to carve, cut, or etch into a material used for printing.

What was once a standard way of printing has over the years lost popularity but remains classic and cherished by artists and their aficionados. John M. Carrera a printer, bookbinder, artist and professor has developed a wonderful archive of Webster’s Dictionaries many engravings that graced the pages of their books in the 19th century. The restored engravings were used to create the below amazing items: a visual guide of 1,500 engravings great for any imagination, a set of 14 rubber stamps useful for scrapbooking and making stationery items, and alphabet cards that combine engravings with bold modern type, cool enough to hang on any wall or file away for educating. Picturing all the things I could do with these!


Clockwise: Pictorial Webster: A Visual Dictionary of Curiosities, $23.10, Pictorial Webster’s Wall Cards: Icons & Curiosities from A to Z, 26 cards $16.47, and Pictorial Webster Rubber Stamp Set, set of 14 $12.89, amazon.com

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