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Antique Tuscan X Condensed No. 11

picture and printed proof of Antique Tuscan X Condensed No. 11 wood type numeral one

8 line Futura Bold

picture and printed proof of Futura Bold wood type numeral one

20 line Tuscan Egyptian

12 line Clarendon Countdown to 2012, 1

8 line Antique Extended

The extended variant of Antique first appeared in 1838, manufactured by Edwin Allen but marketed and sold by the George F. Nesbitt Company. Though he used the term “expanded,” Rob Roy Kelly called this extra wide design the most significant innovation in the Antiques during the period 1829–1849.

8 line No. 382

8 line Republic Gothic No. 773

12 line Ionic

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.

The Loneliest Number

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”).



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