Archived entries for Gothic Condensed Octagon Shade
10 line Gothic Condensed Octagon Shade
A friend once said of this type, “I have dreams about that font.” Yeah, me too. It’s pretty dreamy.
On page 125 of the 1977 Da Capo Press paperback edition of Rob Roy Kelly’s American Wood Type: 1828–1900, Kelly writes that this design appeared for the first time in wood (it’s based on a metal type face originating in Europe) in the Wells & Webb specimen of 1854.
Many of the manufacturers of wood type stamped an imprint on the capital A’s as an indentifier. Unfortunately, I haven’t found a manufacturer’s imprint on this font so the provenance is unknown.