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So Voltaire wrote this book called Candide. The beautiful 1928 edition was illustrated by the artist Rockwell Kent. Beside full page drawings and decorative drop caps, there were eleven tiny dingbats used, instead of indenting, to separate paragraphs. Each is a posing figure. Although my drawings are very clean, don’t use them too big; they’re best as small details. Two weights contained in one font.

16 wonderfully cheesy clip-art style pictures of passé pop Americana, each depicted wrapped in plastic. It is adapted from the uncredited tissue paper backing from clear vinyl, still sold by the yard, although the illustrations here are older. The Read Me file contains a full list of the images. Couch! Typewriter! Lamp! Barbecue grill! Endless ideas for the home…

My first dingbat font in a long time, ALPHA BRAVO is based on the “phonetic alphabet” used on radio for clearly indicating letters. Read more about this at the International Telecommunication Union, and many other sites. For each letter-word, I’ve devised an illustrative icon, in a variety of styles and degrees of success. But you may have some fun with it, learning the “phonetic alphabet” or writing hieroglyphic code. The capital positions A-Z include the letter itself (adapted from Gill Sans Ultra); the lowercase a-z do not. Refer to the enclosed text file for more information about the individual dingbats.

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