As a place for typographers, illustrators and graphic designers to publish histories, criticisms and their own research on type and design, the quarterly featured articles such as A.F. Johnson's Fat Faces: Their History, Forms and Use. All of the following images come from Johnson's article on the Fat Face font.
Founder Robert Thorne is credited with the first usage of Fat Faces, and other foundries such as Bower and Bacon (1810), Figgins (1816), W. Caslon IV (1816) and L. Pouchee (1819) soon followed.
Johnson points out that Fat Face is a 20th-century title given to a 19th-century created font that is very similar to other classical modern faces of the time period which featured thin, flat serifs with an abrupt contrast of thick and thin strokes. In the case of Fat Faces, the contrast of thick and thin strokes was greatly exaggerated.
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