Vintage Lettering Styles

Class 1 in the Writing with a Bent Nib series covers the unique lettering styles of European poster artists and American show card artists.

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Vintage Lettering Styles – Class Summary

The poster artists of Europe created a burst of energy in hand lettering at the turn of the 20th century. American show card artists also created their own unique and playful lettering styles. 

After highlighting the characteristics and tools that contributed to this vintage look, Randall demonstrates the unique Eccentric Title alphabet using the Speedball C-5 pen, sharing subtle pen manipulation and pressure and release techniques. As you follow along, you will gain invaluable skills that will help you when lettering many other broad-edged styles.

Vintage Lettering Styles includes a 28-page handout with myriad examples, a 78-page PDF that covers Silent Movie Titling in depth, and downloadable PDFs for all examples and alphabets demonstrated. 

The total duration of this class is 3 hours, 30 minutes. 

Students are invited to a Private Facebook Group as well as a monthly Live Zoom session with Randall Hasson where you can get more information, ask questions, share your work, and meet your fellow students. 

This is the first class in Randall’s Writing with a Bent Nib five-part series. Note that each class in the series is sold separately OR you can purchase all five classes at a special bundle price!

You only need a few supplies to get started; see the Materials List below. 

Randall M. Hasson is an artist, calligrapher, instructor and speaker who has appeared on the faculty of arts, lettering arts, and educational conferences in the United States, Canada and England. He owned and operated the Randall M. Hasson Gallery from 2000–2013 in San Diego, CA and Santa Fe, NM. He is the author of articles on a variety of art or lettering art related subjects and has appeared as a mainstage presenter and/or teacher with lecture topics covering public art, art history, the painting process, collaborative art projects, and the history of writing including the recent invention of the ADLaM alphabet in West Africa. 

In 2015, Randall co-edited the 24th (Centennial) Edition of The Speedball Textbook. He is currently writing and designing his forthcoming book Teaching America How to Letter – The Speedball Story, a history of commercial lettering and American show card writing in the early 1900s. It is due to be published by Letterform Archive in 2020.
Barbara Close

Randall M. Hasson

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Course Curriculum

Julie Gray

“Great course! Not only for beginners, but as a good refresher for experienced copperplate calligraphers. Barbara makes everything clear, concise and professional. A nicely produced online class for everyone interested in pointed pen.”

How It Works

As soon as you enroll in this class, you will have immediate access to all the lessons in this class. You can watch the lessons at your own pace as your schedule allows. Because everything is captured on video, you can go back and replay a particular stroke or letter as many times as you like – even at different speeds! There’s no need to worry about being left behind, or missing something. 

You will also be invited to a Closed Facebook Group as well as a monthly Live Zoom session with Randall Hasson where you can get more information, ask questions, share your work, and meet your fellow students. 

We believe this class is a great value, but if you don’t agree (for whatever reason), we offer a 100% money-back guarantee.

Single Class


Vintage Lettering Styles
(class 1 in a 5-part series)

Writing with a Bent Nib Series (5 Classes)


Special bundle price ($100 savings).
You will automatically be enrolled in each class as it is produced over the next few months.
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Writing with a Bent Nib Series (5 Classes)
Installment Plan


Six monthly payments. Total $420.
($80 savings)
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