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Chuck Peterson
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Looking in a closet for I can't remember what, I just found Lonnie Tettaton's Sign Painter's Almanac from 1988. A bunch of interesting reading for tonight by the fireplace.

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I do remember reading something by him. It was quite a while ago, I think I was in high school. Who could forget such a unique name.

I did read several times "Practical Sign Shop Operation" by a Ralph Gregory. He actually lived and worked for years in a towm about an hour from here. Several years later I went and visited him. He had been retired for some time and did no longer letter. He told me he was working on a book of cartooning thru Signs of the Times Publishing, but saddly he never got to finish it.

He had a son who was the finest layout/lettering person I have ever seen. But he was quite a character around here, his name still comes ou every once in a while. At the time I was too inexperienced and shy to approach him.

According to his father, he eventually moved to California and was a set painter at Disney.

Enjoy your new found book and this time don't loose it!

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Curt Stenz Graphics
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Tettaton also had a book of alphabets, some hand lettered, some typefaces I recall. I still have Ralph Gregory's book on sign painting. Painting a backlit face red letters by stippling with a rag so no brush strokes show, then outlining in black. I did that a few times.

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The old guys knew more than one way to do just about anything.

I was thinking that the feeling you get finding a long forgotten book is like finding a $100 bill in an old wallet just before throwing it away.

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