Sevanti Letterpress has made the 1923 edition of the American Type Founders (ATF) Specimen Book available for download as a free PDF.
Each page was scanned in at 400 DPI for magnified reading, then saved as a 1GB PDF. The group also broke the tome into smaller chunks for easier downloading, made a low-resolution version for viewing on a tablet, and had the entire book OCR-scanned to create searchable text.
The beautifully crafted, 1100-page book provides examples of text and best uses, calling card etiquette, templates, wedding invites, ads, and advertising terminology.
Get it here.
Jay Nelson is the editorial director of PlanetQuark.com, and the editor and publisher of Design Tools Monthly. He’s also the author of the QuarkXPress 8 and QuarkXPress 7 training titles at Lynda.com, as well as the training videos Quark includes in the box with QuarkXPress 7 . In addition, Jay writes regularly for Macworld and Photoshop User magazines and speaks at industry events.