18 line Keynote
Willard T. Sniffin, the man responsible for such American Type Foundry classics as Raleigh Cursive, Piranesi, Newport, and Rivoli, designed Keynote in 1933. It is an informal brush script with unconnected letters and only a slight inclination, which allowed it to be cast – or cut in the case of wood type – on a straight body.
This font of side-grain type has seen very little use since its production: the varnish on the face has started to break down, and the proof gives the appearance of delaminated wood; the normal build up of grime and ink that results from regular employment is absent, the curves of the face are slightly ragged; and the router bit marks are clearly evident in the counters of the type body. There is no manufacturer’s imprint.