12 line Foster

Foster is a slab serif from the Antique category with rather naive proportions for some of the letterforms. Personally, I think its idiosyncrasies lend this face a certain charm, and I’ve always thought Foster seemed a more contemporary design. It was first released in 1905 as metal type by the Inland Type Foundry, St. Louis.

Unfortunately, this is the only capital I in a font of caps and figures. Both sides of the block (not shown in the pic) have been sawed off, and the splintered wood at the junction of the stem and the baseline serifs suggests this sturdy fellow has undergone some character adjustment. I strongly suspect he led a previous life as another letter.

10 line No. 736

The Poster Gothic series was cut in multiple widths in both solid and outline versions. When the solid and outline of the same width were cut from the same pantograph setup the characters could be printed to align for two-color work.

I ♥

14 line Antique X Condensed

Fourteen picas is an unusual size for wood type, and I had to double check the measurement of this font. No manufacturer’s imprint was stamped into any of the capital A’s.


10 line Cooper Black Condensed

Designed by the great Oswald Cooper for Barnhart Brothers & Spindler, Cooper Black was released in 1922, before BB&S was absorbed by the American Type Foundry (ATF). Despite its rotund, slightly comical appearance, Cooper Black went on to become ATF’s second best selling typeface of all time (after Copperplate Gothic). This version in wood (end grain) was cut by Hamilton Manufacturing Company.