24 line No. 95

In previous posts (see Oh K), I have called this design French Clarendon XX Condensed. While the design is without a doubt a French Clarendon, the Hamilton Manufacturing Company, the maker of this font, called it No. 95.

The capital K posted on January 16 had a crude abbreviation cut into the foot of the block. Surprisingly, this capital M seems to have been a previous attempt at an ad hoc August abbreviation. Notice the multiple starter holes created by a drill or drill press. A shocking amount of work was completed before the realization that the right-reading letters would not work for a relief printing process.

2 thoughts on “M-pathy”

  1. Oh, the archaeology of our printing history! I love two-sided blocks, even if one side is not exactly functional or decipherable!

  2. The font this character comes from has at least 4 other blocks with letters, numbers, or punctuation hastily carved from the end grain feet!

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