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The History of Stencils:

500’s – King Theodoric of the Ostrogoths used a stencil made of gold to sign his name

1800’s – The English used stencils to apply color by hand to illustrations in printed texts



1920s-30s – During the Art Deco era, the French used stenciling to produce color separation for book illustrations. It was similar to the English hand-coloring method but used separate stencils for everything.

2000’s – Activists can order laser-cut stencil online. Groups like the Cultural Cryptanalysts Collective and SprayPaintStencils.com make stencils available for download to encourage activists to distinguish local sites in their communities.



July 2006 – SprayPaintStencils.com provides free stencils for people to download or print off.

Sources
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
The University of Delaware Library
The New Mexico Daily Lobo

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