8 line Aldine Expanded

Aldine is another subcategory of Antique. William H. Page patented the design around 1870; Aldine Expanded appeared in 1872. The serifs are significantly heavier than the stems and conspicuously bracketed. Despite its impractical width – some characters, like the capital W, are more than twice as wide as they are tall – the Aldine faces were used extensively in poster printing throughout the latter part of the nineteenth century. The strong figure/ground relationship inherent to this design creates a wonderfully dynamic tension on the page. Sadly, my capitals only font is incomplete. Missing B, D, E, H, L, M, R, S, and Y.

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  1. Hi David

    Cutting some new Aldine Expanded is a distinct possibility. So maybe soon I will be able to make your missing characters.

    I found this page using Aldine Expanded as a search term in Google. Top of the list. Congrats on that.


  2. Hi Bill, funny you should mention it, I was planning to talk to you about the possibility of cutting some Aldine Expanded sorts this year!

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