Open Letter H

h-29Long before we all had computers and printers, there were printing presses with type. Gutenberg perfected the process. How fitting that today I can share with you an illustration from a biography about the famous printmaker that  represents the type of work he did. Probably from a print foundry (the early version of stock photo websites), this open letter H dates back to at least 1860.

I’ve called this drop cap image an open letter H because it does not feature any type of background and could easily be colorized to match your project. It features a nice capital letter H along with some leaves and a central design. It is a bit small but I suspect that might make it work better for some projects anyway.

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.