These antique-style letters were scanned directly out of a vintage magazine called Peterson’s — an issue from way back in 1869.

This “alphabet for marking” was provided to readers to give their readers a pretty, decorative guide to embroider monograms and other identification on to their linens or other fabrics.

In the mid 1800s, you couldn’t buy clothing off-the-rack — you had to make it yourself or hire a tailor. Nearly every woman knew several different methods of needlework, so she could mend, hem, customize and knit or crochet clothing and household linens. Vintage alphabet letter sets like these were published each month to appeal to the housewives living in the post-Civil War years.

Today, while you’re welcome to use these letters to help you embroider a monogram, we imagine more of you will get use out of them as inspiration for craft projects.

Click on any of the letter sets below to get a larger printable version! 

Craft vintage alphabet alphabet: A B C D E F G H


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Antique lettering styles: I J K L M N O P Q R

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Vintage lettering: S T U V W X Y Z

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