Archived entries for Gothic Tuscan No. 3

30 line Gothic Tuscan No. 3

picture and printed proof of 30 line Gothic Tuscan No. 3 wood type capital letter T

30 line Gothic Tuscan No. 3

What the H?

10 line Gothic Tuscan No. 3

I found this H while going through some sorts. It caught my attention because the stems seemed significantly shorter than usual. When I looked closer under better light, I noticed that the bracketed points that distinguished this character as Tuscan No. 3 were removed, relegating this once capital fellow to life as a Gothic, sans serif.

30 line Gothic Tuscan No. 3

30 line Gothic Tuscan No. 3

Whoa, Nelly!

30 line Gothic Tuscan No. 3

Rob Roy Kelly wrote of the importance of the wood type titling system and its peculiar consistency – most manufacturers adhered to the primary categories of Roman, Antique, and Gothic, with secondary and tertiary styles being derivative of the primaries. Kelly also agreed with Nicolete Gray that Tuscans represented a separate category that should be considered according to design characteristics such as serifs, notches, bulges, etc.

Contrary to the consistency of which Kelly wrote, Gothic Tuscan No. 3 seems to have an identity crisis. While it clearly derives from the primary category of Gothic, even William H. Page, in his 1888 Specimens was inconsistent in titling faces with median points. As previously posted (“So Sharp” January 28, 2010) a scan from the 1888 Specimens of The Wm. H. Page Wood Type Co. titles the condensed Gothic face with bracketed median points shown here as Gothic Tuscan No. 3:

While in a different section, a Gothic with unbracketed median points is called Gothic Pointed:

So Sharp

30 line Gothic Tuscan No. 3

First appearing in the 1850s, this pointed Tuscan – as differentiated from the concave style Tuscans (see “L is for Love Letters,” January 17) – can be seen in the 1888 “Specimens of The Wm. H. Page Wood Type Co.” Below is a scan from a facsimile edition of that specimen produced by Pioneer Press of W. VA., Inc. in cooperation with David W. Peat, a collector and authority on type specimen books.

The small capital D in the upper right hand corner of the scan is the price code. According to the “Reduced Price List, 1888” included with the specimen book the 30 line Gothic Tuscan No. 3 cost $0.14 per letter. According to Measuring Worth, that would be the 2008 equivalent of $3.27 per letter. The smallest capitals only font of type contained about 75 letters and 26 figures (numerals).

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