Archived entries for zero

Antique Tuscan X Condensed No. 11

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

10 line Mansard Extra Bold

picture and printed proof of 10 line Mansard Extra Bold wood type numeral zero

8 line Ionic No.1

image of a letterpress wood type numeral zero

8 line Flash Bold

10 line Broad-Stroke Cursive

8 line Aldine Expanded

Not many wood typefaces have a separate design for the numeral zero and capital letter O – Aldine Expanded is one of the few. The narrower (top) character is the numeral zero, the capital O is below for comparison.

Four Like Ever

12 line Cooper Black

Seeing Cooper Black at this size always makes me smile. This numeral 4 was amongst an assortment of mismatched wood type purchased from an ebay seller a number of years ago.

The original metal face was released in 1920 by Barnhart Brothers & Spindler. It’s overwhelming popularity meant it would inevitably be copied by every foundry and wood type manufacturer. I have a PDF of a Hamilton Manufacturing Co. catalog from 1938 (I’m pretty sure it appeared as wood type years earlier) showing specimens of Cooper Black, Cooper Black Italic, Cooper Black Condensed, Cooper Black Extra Condensed, Cooper Black Double Extra Condensed, and Cooper Black Highlight.

Typocurious has republished a brief but wonderful tribute to the brilliant Oz Cooper. Be sure to check out the hand lettered Christmas cards.

Nothing Doing

8 line Wm. H. Page Co.’s Block Streamer No. 7

From Zero: the biography of a dangerous idea by Charles Seife:

The biggest questions in science and religion are about nothingness and eternity, the void and the infinite, zero and infinity. The clashes over zero were the battles that shook the foundations of philosophy, of science, of mathematics, and of religion. Underneath every revolution lay a zero…

This revolutionary comes from a figure font containing only numerals, dollar signs, and cent signs, all surrounded by a shadowed outline. Though it’s impossible to tell from this character, the typeface  is No. 124 (see the scan below), first shown in Page’s Wood Type Album, 1879. The same face was called Gothic Tuscan Condensed No. 2 by Morgan & Wilcox.

Scan from Specimens of The Wm. H. Page Wood Type Co., 1888



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