Ornamented No.1551

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October 4, 2015 at 6:21 AM #24800


Ornamented No.1551 by Julius Herriet for Bruce. It is shown in patent USPTO D10767.

Any specimen book shows this typeface and any info available?

October 4, 2015 at 9:07 AM #24802


Bruce 1551I have only the patent exhibit dated July–August, 1878. Quality of the diagonal hatching is poor, as seen in the thumbnail specimen.

After the 1869 catalog, Bruce issued only supplements until 1882. The ones after July 1875 have not been digitized, nor has the 1882 edition (Hathi Trust used to list it—the link led to the same 1869 edition).

This face is one of the few original Bruce faces *not* shown in the final catalog (1901), when the family’s successor (V.J. Munson, a long-trusted employee) sold the plant to ATF. In 1906, the machinery was finally dismantled and shipped to Jersey City.¹

Final catalogs were issued primarily for the convenience of ATF to review/organize its inventory. The fact that this one was omitted implies that it had been discontinued by Bruce many years earlier. Considering ATF’s 20th-century style agenda, it was clear that it would not be produced ever again.

Another Hopeless Cause…

¹Annenberg, M.; Saxe, S.O. [Editor]; Lieberman, E.K. [Index] (1994): Type Foundries of America and Their Catalogs, page 82. Oak Knoll Press, New Castle, DE.


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