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October 5, 2014 at 10:01 AM #16670


AlferetaAlthough William E. Loy’s¹ biography of William F. Capitain does not attribute Alfereta# to him (nor to anyone else), both Johnston & Saxe² and the Klingspor Museum do: Crescent TF (Chicago) in 1895 or 1897, respectively.

Guess what? It was advertised in The Inland Printer of August 1894 by the mysterious, short-lived National TF (also in Chicago), which is not documented by Annenberg.³ Once I “turned over this rock,” all sorts of interesting wiggly things crawled out…

Besides Capitain (Marder Luse), there are Chicago surprises galore: James West (Marder Luse) and son John West (independent) negotiated commissions from just about every TF in Chicago and New York; not to mention Carl/Charles Heyer (BBS), who apparently renewed his BTF acquaintance with James St. John at Central in St. Louis.

Stay tuned for more about these exciting discoveries!

¹Loy, W.E. (1898–1900): Designers and Engravers of Type. In The Inland Printer, June 1899.
²Johnston, A.M.; Saxe, S.O. [Editors] (2009): William E. Loy|Nineteenth-Century American Design­ers and Engravers of Type, page 105. Oak Knoll Books (New Castle, DE).
³Annenberg, M.; Saxe, S.O. [Editors]; Lieberman, E.K. [Index](1994): Type Foundries of America and Their Catalogs. Oak Knoll Press, New Castle, DE.


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