Arcadian Shaded

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August 6, 2013 at 1:24 PM #3202


Arcadian Shaded (Aspenwall, Solotype Catalog Wood Type p. 39) was patented by William H. Page in 1870 [USPTO D4282].

The patent affidavit reads that the design may be “printed in colors or in plain black, with or without central ornaments, with or without shade.”

Indeed, Mr. Page and his various business partners showed multiple variations of Arcadian during the 1870s. By 1887, an expanded derivative of the same letterforms was shown as No. 515—not to be confused with Gothic Dotted (≤1872) erroneously labeled “No. 515”¹

Digital revival of this face is on the To-Do List of THP Partner Brian J. Bonislawsky, Astigmatic One Eye Typographic Institute.

¹Kelly, R.R. (1977): American Wood Type, 1828–1900|Notes on the Evolution of Decorated and Large Types, page 316. Litton Educational Pub­lishing, Inc./Van Nostrand Reinhold Company (New York 1969). Reprinted by DaCapo Press, Inc. (New York 1977).

March 24, 2015 at 4:52 AM #21849


Is that flickr image the only showing of full specimen? Too bad a portion of it is tear away…
I did find a couple of samples (2-4 letters unfortunately) showing various versions of Acadian by Hamilton Wood Type. Curious if you are looking to revive those variations as well or just the shaded?

April 14, 2015 at 5:09 AM #21885


Hi again jch02140,

When Brian Bonislawsky (Astigmatic One Eye Typographic Institute) joined THP a few years ago, he expressed his intention to revive Arcadian Shaded “someday.”

So this project is “reserved” for him. I have offered him the patent exhibit; apparently, he has a more complete working specimen.

Many thanks for your interest in these golden oldies—they are important to posterity!


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