The most fitting tribute I can think of for my father, Robert Lane (April12, 1928-November 24, 2002), is to show the world a sampling of his superb craftsmanship. These photos are a visual testament to the hard work and dedication to quality that make a successful sign business. I learned a lot from him, and continue to do so as I look through these snapshots.
Bob was well known throughout the Toronto area as a fast, accurate lettering artist. His distinctive script and Roman styles were easy to spot all over his home turf, the Weston area. Although his focus was truck lettering, Bob did a great variety of sign work. Walls, windows, showcards, banners- he did them all.
These photos represent only a tiny percentage of an incredibly prolific body of work, achieved in an era before computers and fax machines. There was a good deal of room for individual expression in lettering back then, and we believe there still is!