12 line Ionic, and Giveaway

An amusing, hesitantly engraved illustration found on the foot of the Ionic capital V shown above. Write a comment with your best explanation of what the image is supposed to be illustrating. I’ll choose my favorite and mail the winner a combined proof of the 12 line Ionic capital letter V and the engraving on … Continue reading “12 line Ionic, and Giveaway”

12 line Ionic

I discovered a leak in my garage this morning. If I parked my car in the garage a leak would be of little concern. However, about half of my type collection is stored there. Big concern. I had to rearrange the type and galley cabinets to move them out of harms way. Though four or … Continue reading “12 line Ionic”

Giveaway Results

It was a tough call – all the comments were so great – but ultimately Ryan’s quirky comment, with its “Benny Franklin” quote/John Cage-ian idiom mash-up, won me over and inspired this 5 x 7 inch print. I typeset the comment using 12pt. Van Dijck, and 8pt Clarendon Bold and printed a very small edition … Continue reading “Giveaway Results”

8 line No. 167

According to the Rob Roy Kelly American Wood Type Collection website, this design was patented by William H. Page in 1880. The Hamilton Manufacturing Company called its (nearly identical) version, No. 167. Morgans & Wilcox showed this face (with very slight variations) as Keystone in their wood type catalog from 1890. This is, in my … Continue reading “8 line No. 167”

5 line French Clarendon

  Despite its diminutiveness, this font is part of a big mystery. The capital A’s are stamped “Page & Co., Greenville, CT” (see below). According to Rob Roy Kelly, this version of the Page & Co. imprint was believed to be in use 1857–59. On the Rob Roy Kelly American Wood Type Collection website, David … Continue reading “5 line French Clarendon”

Every Good Pirate’s Favorite Letter

12 line Ionic Call it Egyptian, Clarendon, Ionic, or Slab Serif, but no less an authority than Nicolete Gray called this style of letter “. . . the most brilliant typographic invention of the (nineteenth) century.”¹ Clarendon was the first typeface that I learned to recognize and the first that I proclaimed as my favorite. … Continue reading “Every Good Pirate’s Favorite Letter”

Thor Would Be Jealous

12 line Ionic This 7 reminds me of a fancy antique hammer. It comes from the same font as the capital C shown on January 5. To see more fonts from the Vanderburgh, Wells & Co., check out the excellent Web Museum of Wood Types & Ornaments, a generous gift to the world from Unicorn … Continue reading “Thor Would Be Jealous”

Oh K

24 line (4 inches) French Clarendon XX Condensed French Clarendon is a derivative of the Antique category of wood types. Along with Antique Tuscan, Grecian, Latin, French Egyptian Antique, Aldine, Columbian, Ionic, and French Clarendon, the derivatives of Antique are the most prevalent of the nineteenth-century wood type styles. The condensed versions of these faces, … Continue reading “Oh K”


12 line Ionic Ionic belongs to the Antique category of wood types. Characterized by heavy, bracketed, slab-serifs, Ionic is very similar, often indistinguishable from Clarendon. In fact the names have been used interchangeably. For more background, see Mitja Miklavcic’s excellent essay, Three chapters in the development of clarendon/ionic typefaces. Unfortunately, my font is missing the … Continue reading “See”