Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Type Tuesday - Types collected by the Grabhorn Press


In 1959 the Grabhorn Press published a book highlighting their collection of 19th century type fonts. The brothers Edwin and Robert Grabhorn collected these fonts, all cast by United States type founders, with the help of fellow San Franciscan, Albert Dressler. 


Above: 24 point Inclined Octagon, originally offered by the Chicago Type Foundry but shown in its first type specimen by the Chicago Type Foundry's agent, Palmer & Rey of San Francisco in 1887. 

The introduction by Robert Grabhorn makes apologies for the poor condition of types, gently reminding the reader that they were manufactured in the 19th century. He also begs pardon for instances in which they have failed to locate a complete alphabet, as in the case above where the lower case "q" features a "?" 


Above: 24 point Program, originally offered by the Chicago Type Foundry but shown in its first type specimen by the Chicago Type Foundry's agent, Palmer & Rey of San Francisco in 1889.




Above: 24 point Gravers Shade, shown by Farmer, Little & Co., New York, 1882.


Above: Two-line Small Pica (22 points) Ornamented No. 5, shown by Dickinson Type Foundry, Phelps & Dalton, Boston, 1856. 

Jaime Henderson,
Archivist
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