The Right Type

GOTHIC: This face was first shown as wood type by Edwin Allen in George Nesbitt’s 1838 First Premium Wood Types, Cut by Machinery.
SPECIMENS OF WOOD TYPE: Manufactured by Wm. H. Page & Co., Greenville, Conn. 1872; ATF Library Collection, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
ANTIQUE XX CONDENSED: This face was first listed as wood type by Wells & Webb in the 1854 “Specimen of Wood Type.”
AETNA: Describing Aetna as an innovative reaction against the perceived fragility of the long popular Fat Face Roman, Kelly said it was developed to “withstand rough handling, be highly legible, and be heavy enough for display.”
NO. 514: This face was first shown as wood type at least as early as the May 1890 “Specimens of New Process Wood Type!” by Wm. H. Page & Co.
ANTIQUE LIGHT FACE EXTENDED: The type block is “Stamped Hamilton | Two | Rivers, Wis.,” which was used between c. 1910 and the 1950s.
GOTHIC TUSCAN POINTED: This face was first shown as wood type in “The Printer,” Vol. 2, №4 (August 1859), in a four-page advertisement for James Conner & Sons’ wood type offerings.
COLUMBIAN: Columbian was a full-faced variant of the Ionic/Clarendon pattern, which became a near-ubiquitous style, offered by almost all type foundries and wood type manufacturers in Europe and North America.
FRENCH CLARENDON NO. 2: This face was first shown as wood type by Vanderburgh, Wells & Company as early as 1872.
PAGE’S WOOD TYPE ALBUM, VOL. 1, NO. 1: Book Arts Collection, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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