Archived entries for Morgans & Wilcox

Wayzgoose Weekend Report No. 4

Scott Moore, proprietor of Moore Wood Type, and his daughter, Erin Beckloff of Inky Winke Press, collaborated on printing specimen cards to showcase the stars, circles, diamonds, and catchphrases MWT is producing. Wayzgoose attendees received one of five designs in their swag bags. I collected a full set of the cards – easily among my favorite ephemera from the Wayzgoose – as well as some samples of the end grain blocks Scott is cutting.

This beautiful AND catchword (Morgans 316), updated from the 1890 Morgans & Wilcox Wood Type Catalog, is among the first MWT offerings. Visit for Moore details.


6 line No. 14

I See a Mansard Roof Through the Trees

12 line Newton or No. 123

Produced by Morgans & Wilcox, Newton is a variation of the lineal Gothic characterized by mansard style terminals (I can’t help but think of the old Pizza Hut logo). Because this is the only character I have, I can’t be sure that it’s Newton. This Y could also be from a nearly identical face, called No. 123, produced by Hamilton Manufacturing Co. There’s one significant difference between the two. Take a look at the scans of each and tell me what you see.

Special thanks to Unicorn Graphics for posting scans of their 1890 Morgans & Wilcox Wood Type Catalog.

The following image of No. 123 was scanned from the incredible Shooting Star Press facsimile of Hamilton’s Specimens of Wood Type (No. 17).

So what’s the difference? Which do you prefer, and why?

It All Started Here

12 line Peerless No. 1

In 2003, I moved into a coveted corner desk in the graphic design graduate studio at Indiana University, Bloomington. As I was cleaning my new home away from home I found two wood letters in the back of one of the desk drawers. I didn’t think anything of the discovery – the graphic design department has an amazing letterpress studio and an enviable collection of wood type. I assumed that the letters had been borrowed from the shop and forgotten. So I handed them over to one of my mentors, Paul Brown, with the explanation that I had found them in my new desk. He thanked me for returning them and I went about my business, eventually forgetting all about the letters.

Several weeks passed. Then one day when I was puttering about in the letterpress shop, Paul stopped by and handed the aforementioned wood letters to me. A thorough search was conducted, he explained, but these letters did not belong to any of the fonts in the shop and so they were mine – what a stand-up guy! Thus began my obsession. Thanks, Paul.

This router cut, end grain sort is the only character I have from a typeface Morgans & Wilcox called Peerless No. 1, and The Hamilton Manufacturing Co. called No. 305.

Bottom of the block showing the grain

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