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November 22, 2013 at 8:31 PM #5302

Anna

Ornamented No. 1542Ornamented No. 1542 was designed and patented by Julius Herriet Sr. in March–April 1876. Rights were assigned to David W. Bruce of the Bruce TF [USPTO D9196].

Many thanks to Star THP Partner Robert Donona for the numbered tradename identification, which led to retrieval of the approved patent application.  So far, no 20th-century tradename is known for this nicely flared 3D dual-alphabet face.

Preliminary Specimens


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February 11, 2014 at 3:17 PM #7868

koeiekat

If no-one else is interested I’d like to give this one a try.


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February 12, 2014 at 2:08 AM #7906

Anna

Thanks KK,

Check your dropbox folder for a zipfile. It’s a scan [from the Yablon book] and looks complete. Let me know if you need anything else.


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February 13, 2014 at 4:13 PM #7907

koeiekat

Anyone ever seen this one without the drop-shadow?


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February 16, 2014 at 3:49 PM #7909

koeiekat

I am sure there will be a digital version without the drop shadow but OK, I’ll take this one.


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February 26, 2014 at 4:09 PM #7912

koeiekat

OK, I found it. It is Baby Girl, Dave Simpson, Sign DNA. That is, it is very close to the basic shape of the 1542 but too different to be used for that basic shape. Also too many irregularities (sorry Dave) to be a basis for the drop shadow. Nevertheless, when in doubt of how to interpret a shape in the scan looking at the Baby Girl does help.

Small world isn’t it :)


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February 28, 2014 at 2:44 AM #7913

Anna

Nice detective work, KK!

http://signdna.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=394


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March 3, 2014 at 3:41 AM #7925

koeiekat

signdna.com expired last Friday.


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March 4, 2014 at 1:33 AM #7926

Anna

Attached is an image of Sign DNA’s Baby Girl. As KK observes, it is close to a revival of Herriet/Bruce No. 1542 without the shadow. Thanks again, KK!


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March 7, 2014 at 2:52 PM #7928

koeiekat

A quick and dirty beta version, a compromise between the irregularities in the specimen sheet and the consistency of shape required for a digital version. I may very well redo the whole thing. As you can see nothing has been done yet on the advance widths let alone kerning.

Any comments are welcome.


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March 18, 2014 at 3:32 PM #7938

koeiekat


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March 27, 2014 at 4:26 AM #7946

Anna

Hi KK,

Sorry for the response delay—I’m just getting back to work after surviving Winter 2014 in Philadelphia—very different from What One Imagines in your semi-tropical sunny Spain home!

Your demo font looks FINE to me—perfectly useful “as is” for my purposes. If you intend a commercial version, YOU are Your Own Worst Critic.

My only advice is to build metrics plus cyrillic diacritic glyphs to extend market appeal.


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March 30, 2014 at 3:58 AM #7957

koeiekat

metrics ?


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March 31, 2014 at 3:17 AM #7958

Anna

Confused… The note with your BETA version [Mar 7] says, “nothing has been done yet on the advance widths let alone kerning,” so I was responding to that comment.

Inspection of the one marked DEMO reveals 947 kern pairs. Are there two different ones?


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