Tire Service, detail
Introducing Peder Singleton, founder of Athenaeum Press and resident archivist of the Urban Typology Project.
Scouting the streets of Salt Lake City, Park City and Spokane, Singleton has recorded the worn and weathered signs from eras gone by. Bringing together current digital media with a near-extinct, 15th century printing technology, Peter has translated his photographs of historic typography into these fetching three-color letterpress prints.
Tire Service, Sprague Ave, Spokane, WA (5.25x9" print on 12x16" sheet, $150)
The Urban Typography Project, borne of Singelton's love of the old type styles found in paint and neon bulb on buildings, began when he was a senior in design school.
The Egyptian, Main Street, Park City, UT (7.5x5" on 11x14 sheet, $125)
The Egyptian, detail
In the artist's words, "I found myself always carrying a camera, with a sense of urgency to record any historic typography that I could find, as I noticed that some of my findings had been painted over or demolished since the last time I passed."
R, Laundromat, 800 S 800 W, Salt Lake City, UT (3x3" print on 9x12" sheet, $75)
Classic Bowling, detail
Classic Bowling, 2265 S State St, Salt Lake City, UT (2x7.75" print on 11x14" sheet, $125)
F, Kuong Joy Café, Salt Lake City, UT (3x3" print on 9x12" sheet, $75)
Singleton notes that the sign shown below has since been taken down. Glad he got the photo when he did!
Intermountain Radiator, 1612 South State Street, Salt Lake City, UT (4x8" print on 12x16" sheet, $150)
Intermountain Radiator, detail
These are all three-color, letterpress prints in editions of 30. You can view these in more detail, as well as other images from the series on the Store section of the Athenaeum Press website. Inquiries? Please email the artist directly.
(Originally posted by Amy on AT:NY on 09.28.06)