The swirly lower case "g" caught my eye years ago. Carved from wood, that oddly graceful little font without a name seemed like something I absolutely had to have.
"I'm in love," I whispered. "I NEED this type."
And so began my love affair with letters of wood and lead. It continues to this day.
There's Playbill, the font that reminds me of a circus. One glance and I have visions of prancing ponies, flying trapezes and everything else that smacks of the Big Top.
Greeting Monotone, Engraver's Bold, Centaur, Marble Heart. Even the names are intriguing. Admittedly, vintage type is a rather (ahem) pricey vice.
But today it was a cheaper object that caused me to suck in my breath and laugh with pure unadulterated glee.
A brand new glossy black pencil.
Number 6H, to be specific.
These may be hard economic times but for less than $1.50 anyone can still buy hours of enjoyment and amusement when you purchase a brand new pencil. You can draw anything you can imagine.
Woohoo for cheap thrills!