12 line No. 500

No. 500, one of seventeen styles designed by William H. Page to be die-cut, is a sturdy design that combines the wedge-shaped serifs of the Latin style faces with chamfered corners from Grecian and angled crossbars (H, S), horizontal strokes (B, P, R),  and terminals (C, E, F, G, J, L, S, 2, 3, 5, 6, 9, &, and $).

The face of the die-cut types is much more shallow than that of router-cut types due to the extreme pressure required for the steel dies to penetrate the end grain wood blocks. Another interesting difference between the two methods of production was in the application of the manufacturer’s imprint. All previous imprints (on router-cut types) shown on this site were stamped into the side or end of the body of a capital A, but on No. 500, the words “Patented Dec. 20, 1887” are die-stamped onto the shoulder of the capital A’s. Though partially obscured by over 100 years worth of hardened ink and grime, William H. Page’s patent date is visible in the picture below.

William H. Page’s die-stamped patent date