Archived entries for eight

Antique Tuscan X Condensed No. 11

picture and printed proof of Antique Tuscan X Condensed No. 11 wood type numeral eight

8 line Howland

picture and printed proof of 8 line Howland wood type numeral eight

20 line Bernhard Gothic Extra Heavy

image of a wood type numeral eight

10 line Broad-Stroke Cursive

12 line Kabel

This Eight is More than Enough

4 line Gothic Extended No. 6242

Eight is Enough

8 line Hamilton Calendar Figures, style No. 630

Crazy 8

20 line Republic Gothic No. 773 Class N (solid)

The Republic Gothic series was cut in solid and outline versions – the two styles could be registered for multi-color work – by the Hamilton Manufacturing Company, Two Rivers, Wisconsin. Layers of letterpress inks are microscopically thin, so areas of overlapping color blend to create additional hues. I don’t have the matching Class R outline, but the image below shows a digital superimposition of the two styles.

Yellow Class R (outline) superimposed on red Class N (solid)

Many of the characters in the Republic Gothic series are distinctly reminiscent of brush formed letters popular with sign painters. There’s an appealing naivete and awkwardness to the too-high crossbar of the capital H, and characters like the lowercase k and t. The showing below comes from Wood Type by Hamilton Catalog 38, 1938.

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