You may have noticed (at least I hope it’s noticeable) better, sharper pictures lately. I finally got tired of crappy unpredictable images and invested in a macro lens (yeah!). Though I haven’t quite mastered this photographic process, the new lens makes a dramatic difference (I know, duh). Since my font of Arabian has the manufacturer’s imprint prominently stamped on the capital As, I thought I would share a new and improved image of the Wm H Page & Co, Greenville CT mark.
With its beveled corners and bulbous, semi-ornamental median treatment, it’s easy to overlook Arabian’s roots as a basic condensed Gothic. But it’s not hard to see why Rob Roy Kelly described Arabian as the most outstanding of the semi-ornamental Gothic derivatives.
The stamp on the side of the three Arabian capital A’s in my font (shown below) was used by Wm. H. Page & Co. beginning around 1859.
12 line Arabian
Rob Roy Kelly describes Arabian as a semi-ornamental derivative of the Gothics. The Arabians first appeared around 1869. William Page issued two styles, Arabian and Arabian No. 1, both with capitals and lowercase – my font has capitals only.