Letter A

letter-aThe letter A. The first letter of the alphabet and the first of a handful of fancy letter images that I found in a book from 1893. The book, Another Summer The Yellowstone Park and Alaska was written by Charles J. Gillis. His work, oddly enough, did not contain even one drawing related to the topics but it did include a number of page spacers, vignettes and letter images.  Gillis did not identify an illustrator which means that all of the page elements from his work are in the public domain.

The unknown illustrator made dramatic use of white and black in this dramatic letter A fancy letter image. The black background really stands out when used on a light colored page and in turn the white drawn designs really pop off the page. Flowers, bold lines, dots and leaves complete the overall look. It reminds me a bit of a postage stamp with the serrated edges but it also has a bit of German/Dutch feel to it.

The other letters that were included in this book included: LO, a second letter OT, W and a letter Y drawing.

This image is copyright free and in the public domain anywhere that extends copyrights 70 years after death or at least 120 years after publication when the original illustrator is unknown.