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for the

Show Card Writer


A
collection of the best alphabets used

by the leading show


of

card writers, with

many examples

show cards

and window signs

for all occasions

FOURTH EDITION

CHICAGO
THE MERCHANTS RECORD
PUBLISHERS
CO.

Copyright 1913, 1914. 19|band 1919

BY THE MERCHANTS RECORD COMPANY


All Rights Reserved

)ci.Ar>j;i5H0
PRESS OF

MERCHANTS RECORD AND SHOW WINDOW


CHICAGO

MfiR

13 1919

INTRODUCTION
m
'T^HE

MANY

alphabets, showcards

and

price-tickets

reproduced

in

this

portfolio

have been selected from the hundreds that have appeared

in

Merchants
years.
writers.

Record

and

Show Window
work
of

during
the

the

past

two

or

three

They

represent the best

country's

leading

showcard
is

The alphabets cover


and the cards

practically every style of lettering that

now^

in general use,

and

price-tickets will furnish a variety of sug-

gestions as to lay-out, arrangement and decoration for cards


all

and

tickets

of

kinds.

The show window

is

now

recognized as
its

the

store's

best

advertising

medium, and the display man as one of


a recognized necessity, and his

best producers.

He

has become

windows are

the merchant's closest connect-

ing links with the buying public.

In these days of

modern methods a

retail

business stands or

falls

accordingly as the
It

show window

attracts or turns

away

prospective customers.

is

a recognized business fact that the public

has come to judge the store by the show^ window.

Merchants Record and Show


to the selling
lication
is

Window

is

monthly journal devoted

end of

retail

merchandising, and the major portion of the pub-

given over to the big problem of "selling through the windows."

Suggestions for displays, together with instructive articles by the country's


leading display men, and covering every branch of windov^ and interior dis-

play

work

are regular monthly features.

Elach issue

is

illustrated

with about

forty halftone plates

showing reproductions of the work of the most expert


In every

display managers and showcard writers.

number

there are depart-

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to store

equipment and arrangement, delivery methods, store


sales plans, etc.

and window

lighting,

newspaper advertising,

The matter which appears


always seasonal.

in

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Window

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just at the time they are needed.

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Blaster

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month.
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design

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front

cover each

A
the

complete
various
are

sketch and description of the construction

and

installation
ideas.

backgrounds accompany, and afford an abundance of


practical

The designs

and are being applied constantly

to the

show window by

the lead-

ing artists in the display profession, and, in addition to their adaptability to


the display window, afford an interesting study in color and color combinations.

Merchants Record and Show


chant,

Window

is

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display manager,

and advertising man and

continually

used by

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price
is

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January SaleseWhite Goods

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value and
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we have ever shown at this price


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