Archived entries for Kabel

10 line Kabel

picture and printed proof of 10 line Kabel wood type capital letter N

8 line Kabel

picture and printed proof of Kabel wood type capital letter D

10 line Kabel

12 line Kabel

10 line Kabel

10 line Kabel

10 line Kabel

10 line Kabel

10 line Kabel

When pronounced “double-u”, this is the only letter name in English with more than one syllable, and the only English letter name that is not pronounced using any of the sounds typically made by the letter. I like this W for a number of reasons: crossed center strokes are relatively uncommon in sans serif W’s (the center strokes more commonly meet at a single apex), the origins of the letter as two V’s is more transparent, and the angled terminals of Kable accentuate the dynamic diagonal structure of the letter.

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Congratulations to Thomas Gravemaker – he was the first to overlook the kerning job that looks like it was done with crooked wooden teeth and correctly comment on the backwards letter V, posted April 22. Thomas, please email me your snail mail address and I will send you a victorious postcard. I am curious how many fonts of Broadway Condensed were produced with wrong-reading V’s, and I wonder if the error was ever corrected?

Twin Peaks

10 line Kabel

With splayed stems and sharply pointed apices and vertex, Kabel’s capital M bears a striking resemblance to that of its contemporary, Futura. The identifying distinction is the eight-degree angled terminals to Kabel’s vertical stems.

This block comes from a complete end grain font that includes capitals, lowercase, figures, and punctuation. Kabel was called No. 803 by The Hamilton Manufacturing Company who showed it alongside Bernhard Gothic Medium (No. 807) in their Wood Type Catalog 38, 1938.

Page 24, Wood Type Catalog 38, 1938, Hamilton Manufacturing Company

Gee

10 line Kabel

A wood version of the popular metal face designed by Rudolf Koch. This font was cut by The Hamilton Wood Type Company, Two Rivers, Wisconsin. According to Kelly, the imprint on the capital A (see image below) was used by Hamilton after 1891. Kabel (the original metal version) was released by the Klingspor foundry in 1927.



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