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K is for 23 Karat

Glass gilding has long been considered the pinnacle of the sign painter’s craft. Impossibly thin pieces of gold leaf applied to storefront windows, and the like, constituted the first “solar-powered” illuminated signs. John Downer and Leonard Otillio, two journeymen who continue to ply the trade, gave nifty souvenirs like this to the folks who attended their workshop during TypeCon 2003.

Posted by on May 15, 2006