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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Type Tuesday - Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! Type Tuesdays will return January 7, 2014.

Ornaments from the Donaldson Printing & Publishing Co. 

Jaime Henderson,

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Type Tues - Holiday Tidings

Happy Holidays!

An Alphabet of Christmas Words, selected by Helen McKelvey Oakley, designed by John Begg, and illustrated by Ursula Suess. Published as Monograph No. 83 for the Typophiles, 1966.  

Here's hoping your holiday is filled with both beautiful ornaments and delicious pie!

Jaime Henderson,

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Type Tuesday - Lucian Bernhard and the Linotype Magazine

The January 1929 issue of Linotype Magazine, published by the Mergenthaler Linotype Company, was dedicated to new trends in typographic design. The issue featured layouts arranged in linotype by Lucian Bernhard (1883-1972) a German graphic designer, type designer and artist well-known for his particular style in advertising known as Plakatstil. Plakatstil (or "Poster style") highlighted bold, simplified font, flat colors and streamlined shapes. These voguish samples of advertisements, including compelling suggestions for the selection of particular types, embody Bernhard's style and offered Mergenthaler Linotype users a fresh, more modern way to appeal to their customers. 

Jaime Henderson,

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Gilbert and Rivington's Foreign Types

William E. Loy (1847-1906) was a newspaperman, printer and printing equipment salesman who collected fonts for his extensive typographical library. This copy of Specimens of Gilbert and Rivington's Foreign Types comes from William E. Loy's collection of typographical specimens. 

Tucked inside this specimen is a note addressed to Loy and signed by Gilbert and Rivington, thanking Loy for inquiring about their Oriental type selections and offering him a discount on any futher orders. 

And what a selection of types Gilbert and Rivington offered! The index lists 84 types including Irish, Japanese and Flemish types and more exotic types such as Ojibbeway, Tartar and Tekke-Turkoman. What follows is a selection of types offered by Gilbert and Rivington, Oriental Printers and Typefounders.

William Loy's typographical library forms the core of the California Historical Society's Kemble Collection. Visit the CHS North Baker research library to take a peek of specimen's from Loy's terrific collection. 

Jaime Henderson,