Plastic Alphabet Stencil. Chipped.

This is the third humble stencil featured in #projectObso.  Interestingly, neither of them are the same font.
What I love about them is the traces left behind.
This one has clear fingerprints.

A brief history of the modern lettering stencil, tells me that in the 1930’s, a schoolteacher in Baltimore named Ruth Hormats noticed “that the brass stencils she gave to her students to use in creative projects were giving them problems.” The crayons they used were too fat for the brass stencils, so she came up with two (cardboard) prototypes which had fatter registration. She had them made for ten dollars each. The F.W. Woolworth Company® placed the initial order, Macy’s featured the stencil, sales grew, and in 1942 she was awarded a patent for the design.

Cribbing all this from their website, but I wanted to tell you the story myself.   I am quite cheered to find out a woman schoolteacher came up with this invention.


Status: Does the chip justify the discard, or is there something to be stencilled out with a partial A and B?

Kill-ratio: 16: 3/ ~5:1
[This time I am including the captioned image, because of my alteration of the source image – I can break the rules I make]

Alt-title: Untitled Object No. 257 For Stenciling Out An Ode to Handwriting

Another shout out to Russel  Howze , who wrote a book about stencils.

Alt-title / Kill-ratio nonsense explained here.


Ruth Hormats (nee Libauer) passed away on Sunday, October 3rd, 2004. She was 95 years old. RIP.