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Terry Colley
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Alf Becker alphabets

Post by Terry Colley » Sat Dec 28, 2013 2:04 pm

Got my hands on a xerox copy of the Alf Becker alphabets from the Signs of the times, 320 done over 27 years , most of it is in usable condition but I was missing 2 pages alphabets no 312 and 316 William Pickett has passed on his scan but they are almost unreadable. Has anyone got a reasonable copy of these before I do hours of photoshop work?
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Re: Alf Becker alphabets

Post by Lee Littlewood » Wed Jan 01, 2014 4:08 pm

Hi Terry,
I have a copy of "100 Alphabets" by Alf R Becker - it might have the ones you are looking for. Do you know the names of the alphabets?
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PS: I didn't know that anyone had compiled the total 320 alphabets. Who? When? Where?
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Re: Alf Becker alphabets

Post by Terry Colley » Thu Jan 02, 2014 5:42 am

Thanks Lee they are Modern Bold and Modern script
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Re: Alf Becker alphabets

Post by erik winkler » Thu Jan 02, 2014 4:37 pm

That sounds interesting
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Re: Alf Becker alphabets

Post by Lee Littlewood » Thu Jan 02, 2014 5:08 pm

Terry - the book has nothing called "Modern Bold". Can you make out if it is a Roman or sans-serif? He has some "Moderns" and some "bolds" in both sections.

Here is "Modern Script" - see if it looks right. I couldn't stop and also include "Modified Modern Script" - what a snazzy page layout.
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Re: Alf Becker alphabets

Post by Bob Sauls » Fri Jan 03, 2014 5:50 pm

How may i get my hands on one of these books??

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Re: Alf Becker alphabets

Post by Dan Seese » Fri Jan 03, 2014 9:52 pm

Lee, that looks like a fantastic book!
Terry, I think these are the scans you're looking for but mine are probably just as bad as yours.
I got mine from Joe Broxterman and they're likely part of the same collection of copies from ST.
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Re: Alf Becker alphabets

Post by Terry Colley » Sat Jan 04, 2014 6:37 am

Thanks Dan they are the ones and are the best I have seen , certainly good enough to make a hand lettered copy of
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Re: Alf Becker alphabets

Post by Dale Johnson » Sun Jan 05, 2014 7:25 pm

Would somebody please furnish the ISBN number of "100 Alphabets by Alf R Becker". I will then try and find it
on Abe Books. I tried just using the title and author and there was "No Joy" in the response.

Thank You Kindly,

Dale

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Re: Alf Becker alphabets

Post by Terry Colley » Mon Jan 06, 2014 2:21 am

Hi Dale, I think you might struggle to find a copy , as I am aware ST only printed 3000
copies , although it sold out they did not re print, a few lucky people have it but most have a xerox copy. The copy I have is the 320 alphabets taken from ST each month from 1932 to 1957
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Re: Alf Becker alphabets

Post by Bill Masters » Mon Jan 27, 2014 3:22 pm

I have three of the signs of the times 100 alphabets and the xerox copy that Billy Picket gave me
when we were on Mars.

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