Archived entries for sort

6 line Neon

picture and printed proof of 6 line Neon wood type numeral fiveNeon is a three-dimensional inline sans serif with rounded terminals and an unusual left-hand shadow. According to Mac McGrew, it was designed in 1936 by Willy Schaefer for the German foundry, C. E. Weber. The National Type Foundry, of Pittsburgh (later to become the Neon Type Foundry), copied the face and made it available in the U.S.

8 line Inline Star

picture and printed proof of 8 line wood type Inline Star by Moore Wood Type

Look for these Inline Stars in four sizes soon from Moore Wood Type.

15 line Modified Gothic

picture and printed proof of 15 line Modified Gothic wood type capital letter W

Kelly and Shields suggest that Modified Gothic originated with Hamilton and made its first appearance as wood type in Hamilton’s New Designs in End Wood Type, from 1897.

I received this sort (a single block of type) — along with H, T, and M sorts from different faces — in a door prize raffle during the 2011 Wayzgoose at Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum. The prizes were generously donated by type and printing enthusiast extraordinaire, Dave Peat.

15 line Circle / Arrow


5 line Teutonic

8 line No. 167

According to the Rob Roy Kelly American Wood Type Collection website, this design was patented by William H. Page in 1880. The Hamilton Manufacturing Company called its (nearly identical) version, No. 167. Morgans & Wilcox showed this face (with very slight variations) as Keystone in their wood type catalog from 1890. This is, in my opinion, one of the sexier non-Tuscan, non-ornamental wood type designs – wish I had more than a couple sorts.

12 line Moore Wood Type Star

William H. Page Wood Type Co. called this faceted beauty Star No. 2, Morgans & Wilcox called it Star No. 3, and Hamilton Manufacturing Co. called it Star No. 4.

What the H?

10 line Gothic Tuscan No. 3

I found this H while going through some sorts. It caught my attention because the stems seemed significantly shorter than usual. When I looked closer under better light, I noticed that the bracketed points that distinguished this character as Tuscan No. 3 were removed, relegating this once capital fellow to life as a Gothic, sans serif.

3 line Star Border

I only have this one piece and I haven’t been able to locate the design in any of my specimens. Gun to my head, I would guess Page, but anyone know the manufacturer?

7 line Antique Double Outlined Shade

10 line No. 736

The Poster Gothic series was cut in multiple widths in both solid and outline versions. When the solid and outline of the same width were cut from the same pantograph setup the characters could be printed to align for two-color work.

12 line Gothic No. 81

15 line Gothic No. 71

8 line Republic Gothic No. 773

8 line Gothic Extended

No. 6242 by Hamilton Manufacturing Company

6 line No. 737

12 line No. 4006

And if the Devil is Six…

12 line Modified Gothic

Seven Heaven

10 line French Clarendon No. 2

This Eight is More than Enough

4 line Gothic Extended No. 6242

Count Backward from… 9

15 line Gothic No. 29

20 line French Clarendon

The Best for Last

10 line Aldine Expanded

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2010 has been a great year for wood type, and typography in general. But don’t take my word for it, read Paul Shaw’s “Top 10 Typographic Events of 2010.” No offense Mr. Shaw, but I would certainly include the establishment of a new wood type manufacturer in that list.

Thank you to all the LD readers and commenters, I’m really excited for the promise of 2011!

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?

8 line Futura Bold

Do You Copy?

8 line Jenson Old Style

Jenson Old Style was cut in wood by Hamilton Manufacturing Company of Two Rivers, Wisconsin, with permission from American Type Founders. The original metal version, produced by Dickinson Type Foundry (part of ATF) of Boston, was based on William Morris’ Golden Type, which was in turn a crude version of the types cut by the masterful Nicolas Jenson.

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