Jackson Foster is a maker and painter of trade and tavern signs in the tradition of
18th and 19th Century style artisans. With a love of American history and 40 years a
graphic design and branding consultant, he and his family left Chicago for Fredericksburg,
Virginia, in 2005. After discovering a book (at Colonial Williamsburg) on early
American tavern and inn signs, he found in this craft the perfect answer to combining
his art and design background, interest in woodworking and passion for lettering.
His research of actual historic people and places serve as the rationale for the majority
of his sign creations (he also accepts commissions). His extensive background in
calligraphy and hand-lettering serve well as each sign is completely hand-lettered and
painted; no stenciling or computer fonts are used, and each sign is based on 18th and
19th century lettering and folk art styles. He refers to existing early American signs
and printers books as would the itinerant painters of the day.
He uses a variety of reclaimed wood for each sign, along with period hardware including
blacksmith-forged hanging straps, nails and hinges, all making for unique signs
in which no two are alike. He continues to work at developing and refining his craft
through research of early artisans, painting practices and wood joinery techniques.
Our August 2021 edition has been printed on schedule and is on its way to all of our subscribers. Most subscribers will receive their copies before the first week of July. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you suspect you have had a delivery problem.
All new web subscriptions will start with the Christmas 2021 issue. Please email us at email@example.com if you have other subscription requirements.