40 line French Clarendon (Hamilton No. 95)

The kerning job on this big-shouldered beauty  is clean and precise; probably accomplished by an experienced craftsperson using a printer’s saw (like the Hammond Glider).


12 line No. 500

No. 500, one of seventeen styles designed by William H. Page to be die-cut, is a sturdy design that combines the wedge-shaped serifs of the Latin style faces with chamfered corners from Grecian and angled crossbars (H, S), horizontal strokes (B, P, R),  and terminals (C, E, F, G, J, L, S, 2, 3, 5, 6, 9, &, and $).

The face of the die-cut types is much more shallow than that of router-cut types due to the extreme pressure required for the steel dies to penetrate the end grain wood blocks. Another interesting difference between the two methods of production was in the application of the manufacturer’s imprint. All previous imprints (on router-cut types) shown on this site were stamped into the side or end of the body of a capital A, but on No. 500, the words “Patented Dec. 20, 1887” are die-stamped onto the shoulder of the capital A’s. Though partially obscured by over 100 years worth of hardened ink and grime, William H. Page’s patent date is visible in the picture below.

William H. Page’s die-stamped patent date

Black T

15 line Balloon Extra Bold

Balloon is an italic, capitals-only face designed in 1939 for the American Type Foundry by Max Kaufmann. It comes in three weights: Light, Bold, and Extra Bold.

The Balloon Extra Bold fonts in my wood type collection (I have this in multiple sizes) are all on an angled body and require angled furniture. In my opinion, Balloon is best Extra Bold and in large sizes.