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15 July 2009 @ 09:12 am
The Hoard Potato wants Skulls and Rockets!  
Almost every library I've patronized in the last four decades has used the same basic set of icons to delineate the various genre ghettos: a skull for mysteries, a stylized atom or a rocket ship surrounded by "atomic" rings for SF, and so forth. Most of them even seem to use the same company, with red ink on yellow stickers.

Why can't I find these icons on the web? I find several places selling library genre stickers, but not the classic old red-on-yellow designs.

I know they're OUT there -- I see them at my local library all the time, on brand new books.
I feel: annoyedannoyed
Ursula Messerschmitt: Sex-Comma Sutrasnobahr on July 15th, 2009 05:01 pm (UTC)
Have you asked your local public library where they get/got their stickers?
Your Obedient Serpent: Voight-Kampf testathelind on July 15th, 2009 05:22 pm (UTC)
Not yet. I was just there yesterday, but the question didn't occur to me until this morning. Tapping into other people's Google-Fu is always Step 2.

(Step 1 being my OWN Google-Fu.)
Greetings Fellow Comstoks!fengi on July 15th, 2009 05:27 pm (UTC)
I cannot express the joy in finding out someone else feels joy over this obscure detail.

Were I ever to have a book published, I would insist such an image be incorporated into the jacket design, just because.
Your Obedient Serpent: Sci Fiathelind on July 15th, 2009 05:37 pm (UTC)
If I were ever to design the uniforms and livery of the U.N. Space Force, the Atom-And-Rocket would have to be the main insignia.
doc_mysterydoc_mystery on July 15th, 2009 09:18 pm (UTC)
Your Obedient Serpent: Sci Fiathelind on July 15th, 2009 09:55 pm (UTC)
Okay, that's CLOSER. And my library does use the just-plain-atom on some books (in red-on-yellow).

So far, you get the cookie.
one in a billionsiege on July 16th, 2009 03:05 am (UTC)
It's possible that your library has a set of stamps which they use on blank stickers, or cloth tape, considering the texture of the sticker you've iconized.
Anvil*: Raventhoughtsdriftby on July 16th, 2009 04:10 am (UTC)
I sent an Email to my sibling with your question. She should be back from Chicago soon and is the expert on all things library in the family. I'll let you know as soon as I get word.
Christopher Bradleycpxbrex on July 16th, 2009 05:25 am (UTC)
Now I'm going to try to find a way to put this into Revolutionary Boy Martin. ;)