I discovered a leak in my garage this morning. If I parked my car in the garage a leak would be of little concern. However, about half of my type collection is stored there. Big concern. I had to rearrange the type and galley cabinets to move them out of harms way. Though four or five galleys containing steel furniture actually had standing water in them, sheer luck spared the type.
After the heavy lifting, I rewarded myself by looking through the cases to admire all the dreamy type. I was snapped out of my reverie when I came across two numeral 1 sorts that didn’t belong with the rest of the font in the case. I believe these itinerant characters belong to a 12 line font of Vanderburgh, Wells & Co. Ionic that’s kept safe and dry inside the apartment. Reunited and it feels so good.
The hickey near the bottom of the main stem (visible in the proof) was caused by a spot of ancient dried ink on the face of the character.
15 line Gothic X Condensed
The genius of this character is in the economy of means that distinguishes it from a capital letter I – a simple quarter moon removed from the top left of the stem. Both A’s in this incomplete font have the Hamilton Two Rivers, WIS. imprint used after 1891 (see the January 8 post “Gee”).