Announcing VWT Aldine Expanded, Pt. 3

Limited edition postcards announcing Virgin Wood Type’s Aldine Expanded. Letterpress printed onto sturdy Mohawk Loop Antique Vellum Kraft 110 dtc (double thick cover) using handset 8 line VWT Aldine Expanded, 10 point Univers 55, and an 18 pica dashed rule. Want one? First three people to correctly comment the year Aldine was patented and the patent holder will receive a stamped and hand-addressed card in the mail.

11 thoughts on “Announcing VWT Aldine Expanded, Pt. 3”

  1. I am purchasing a font when I get my first paycheck from teaching letterpress printing (which should be any day now)! Probably 5 or 6 line . . . Yahoo!

  2. My bad. Wlm. H. Page was granted a patent for Aldine on March 15, 1870 (US Design Patent 3905). The plain letter was patented along with Aldine Ornamented (I guess sort of a patenting “two-for”). Not to totally nerd out, but, oddly Page doesn’t list this design “Patented” until the 1876 Poster Specimens catalog, a curious discrepancy.

    Still searching for the Aldine Expanded patent…

  3. I was of course basing the question on Kelly, “Since Page patented his Aldine circa 1870, it is not known whether he or Connor originated the design.” Admittedly, it was a bit of a trick question—the post is about Aldine Expanded, but I asked when Aldine was patented. Hey, I spent quite a lot of time on these postcards, am I just gonna give ’em away… oh, wait, that’s exactly what I was doing. I guess if I was being really specific I would have asked when Page patented his Aldine design. Since as far as I can tell, Page did not trademark the name Aldine.

  4. P.S. nerd out all you want, David, you’re among friends :) Plus, I totally appreciate your unparalleled knowledge in these matters.

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