Archived entries for No. 95

24 line No. 95

A numeral was found carved into the bottom of this capital P.

And here is the Hamilton Mfg. Co. imprint stamped on the side of the capital A. This version of the imprint used 1889–91.

40 line French Clarendon (No. 95)


24 line No. 95

In previous posts (see Oh K), I have called this design French Clarendon XX Condensed. While the design is without a doubt a French Clarendon, the Hamilton Manufacturing Company, the maker of this font, called it No. 95.

The capital K posted on January 16 had a crude abbreviation cut into the foot of the block. Surprisingly, this capital M seems to have been a previous attempt at an ad hoc August abbreviation. Notice the multiple starter holes created by a drill or drill press. A shocking amount of work was completed before the realization that the right-reading letters would not work for a relief printing process.

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