Weighing in at 3 picas tall and 6p8 (read 6 picas, 8 points) wide – over twice as wide as it is tall – this capital letter P comes from one of my favorite petite fonts. The excellent condition of the font belies its age. According to the imprint, shown stamped into the side of the capital A’s, this type was likely manufactured between 1867–1890.
A couple of weeks ago, Lauren flew to Minneapolis for a friend’s wedding. As her gift to the couple, she had designed the announcement package, but she didn’t want to show up empty handed for the bachelorette party. What to do? How about a custom letterpress/wood type print in a hand stained frame? We can do that. And we did. It turned out well enough that I made one using our initials. The type is 6 (letters) and 3 (ampersand) line Gothic Extended from Vanderburgh, Wells & Co. Decorative Linotype rules add a little extra charm.
6 line Gothic Extended
This 6 is from the one of the fonts described in my “Killer B’s” post from January 3. As with many wood type faces, the 6 and 9 from this font are interchangeable by rotating 180 degrees.
6 line and 3 line Gothic Extended
These letters come from two unusually complete fonts – both sizes have a full set of capitals, figures, and punctuation – of a moderately rare face. Gothic Extended made its first appearance in a Wells and Webb specimen from 1840. The earliest designs had no lowercase, but did have figures (numbers). A lowercase did not appear until 1850.
Both fonts contain an imprint on the A’s from Vanderburgh, Wells & Co., New York, which means the type was manufactured between 1867–1890. Here is a graphite rubbing taken from one of the four A’s in the 3 line font: