Ross Frederic George

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Ross F. George was a talented sign painter, inventor, and type designer who resided in Seattle, Washington.[1] He learned to letter from William Hugh Gordon.[2][3]

Mr. George and Mr. Gordon were asked to design pens for Hunt Pen Company in 1913. By 1915 the pens were patented, and then put into production. The pens included A-style, B-style, C-style, D-style, and E-style nibs that reportedly cut the labor time of the lettering artist in half.[4] George then proceeded to produce a periodical Speedball Text Book which was a way for him to provide insight to those who wished to learn the art of lettering and sign painting. He created numerous editions until his death in 1959. His last was the 17th edition, although he had some involvement with the 18th edition.

In 1929, Ross F. George received a patent for a noiseless switch.[5][6]


  1. ^ George, R. F. (1941). Calligraphy charts. Camden, N.J: Hunt Pen Co.
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  3. ^ Gordon, William Hugh. Lettering for Commercial Purposes. Cincinnati: Signs of the Times Pub. Co, 1918.
  4. ^ [1] see Calligraphy Drawing History, second paragraph
  5. ^ @{patent:1720395, title = "Noiseless switch", number = "1720395", author = "George, Ross F.", year = "1929", month = "July", url = "" }
  6. ^ *Patent Author Year Title Country Assignee Number URL George, Ross F. 1929 Noiseless switch United States George, Ross F. 1720395
  • Art Chantry, "Ross F. George: typographic man of mystery", pp. 125-129 in Art Chantry Speaks: A Heretic's History of 20th Century Graphic Design, Feral House, 2015 ISBN 1627310134.

External links[edit]

  • [2] Pinterest Blog about Ross F. George
  • [3] Ross F. George on MyFonts dot com
  • [4] Ross F. George, Inventor - Free Patents Online
  • [5] Ross F. George Books on abebooks dot com
  • [6] Ross F. George mentioned in the Hunt Manufacturing Company history under the Speedball® Pen
  • [7] Ross F. George mentioned in the second paragraph "In the Early twentieth century"
  • [8] Ross F. George's A-style Pen Nibs at scribblers dot CO dot UK
  • [9] Ross F. George's B-style Pen Nibs at the Golden Nib dot com
  • [10] Ross F. George's C-style Pen Nibs at Amazon dot com
  • [11] Ross F. George's D-style Pen Nibs in a very limited supply at Artists Emporium dot com
  • [12] Ross F. George's E-Style Pen "Steel Brush" at Dick Blick Art Supply Store
  • [13] Ross F. George Story by Luc Devroye, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
  • [14] Ross F. George's 17th Edition Speedball Textbook is mentioned in this blog by Jim Sizemore
  • [15] Scroll or Search for George, Ross F. mentioning a 1932(c) Speedball copy book