Arboret No.1

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September 12, 2015 at 6:56 AM #23766

jch02140

This is similar to Arboret No.2. The latter has been revived many time but this is the first time I see the first version variant….


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September 12, 2015 at 9:38 AM #23768

jch02140

I have uploaded the only complete specimen I have found online to my dropbox folder. Please check…


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September 13, 2015 at 1:55 AM #23773

Anna

Thanks for this complete specimen. I have added it to the patent exhibit and several catalog showings.

Herman Ihlenburg designed Arboret in 1883, patented and assigned it to MacKellar, Smiths & Jordan in January 1884.

To illustrate the e-x-t-r-e-m-e complexity of this masterpiece and the e-x-t-r-e-m-e difficulty of digitizing it, I uploaded a few jpegs to a flickr album.

Notice that every glyph involves a unique leaf background that sometimes extends beyond the ruled image. Frankly, I would be very surprised if anyone undertakes this revival project—ever!

For starters, vectorization of each of these glyphs would require countless bezier-curve control points, so the filesize to support only one them could easily crash an ordinary system. Multiply this hazard by the number of alpha-numeric plus ornamental glyphs, and begin to understand the impossible challenge…

My only suggestion for success is related to the one for MSJ Cane Gothic, which (in my dreams!) may also work for Stipple.


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September 18, 2015 at 6:23 AM #24037

jch02140

This can be separated as chromatic fonts. I have an idea on the layers and I will draft something out an post an image detailing the layers. I think Dan X. Solo has revived Arboret No.2 as layer fonts too?…


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September 18, 2015 at 11:41 AM #24038

jch02140

Here is my take on this type as a layered fonts…

The second row can probably further split into outer and inner borders if wanted…


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