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February 16, 2016 at 3:25 PM #26598


Curious if anyone knows who designed this series? I have not been able to locate a patent through Google Patent database…

February 17, 2016 at 7:57 AM #26599


The Great Western Type Foundry was the Omaha (Nebraska) branch of Barnhart Brothers & Spinder.

The BBS catalog of 1893-1894 displayed a “patent pending” notice; subsequent editions only labeled it as “original.” I maintain a complete list of BBS-assigned design patents, and all are identified by tradename. Cable is not among them.

Unfortunately, the designer is not attributed in the literature. Dan X. Solo revived it in 2005.


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