Unfearful Symmetry

15 line Gothic

Many Gothic designs incorporate a slight modulation to distinguish the two main stems of the capital U, but not this one. This letter is as horizontally symmetrical as a letter cut with a high speed pantographic router can be.

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In the last week I have unsuccessfully bid on a handful of wood type fonts. Each time, the final selling price has been so high as to be disheartening. While photographing this letter U – purchased years ago from eBay as part of a mixed lot of wood type – I happened to turn it over and find a price tag, most likely from a stint in an antique booth, still attached. I was both shocked at the high (IMO) price, and comforted that the outrageous sums I’ve seen paid recently are not a uniquely contemporary phenomenon.