Awkward Pause

30 line Gothic Bold

This previously uninked semicolon comes from a big, bold Gothic font, most of which has never been printed. The body of this character is actually taller than 30 picas (notice the large shoulder above the dot) because the terminal extends below the baseline. The pantagraph router marks are quite prominent on most of the characters in this side grain font. There is no manufacturer’s imprint, but because the font has seen so little use, the fact that it was cut from a softer wood (I’m guessing pine) and the face was left unfinished (no shellac), and the style of the letters – not quite Futura-esque, but definitely leaning towards the geometric – lead me to guess it originated from the American Wood Type Manufacturing Company, a company still serving the printing and graphic arts industries as American Printing Equipment & Supply Co.