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December 5, 2013 at 5:18 AM #5868


Little about this unpatented Dickinson TF [DTF] face¹ is recorded in the 19th-century literature. The earliest specimen personally examined was published in The Inland Printer edition of June 1886 (seven sizes). Hawks & Shattuck showed it in 1889; Palmer & Rey and Elm City Printers’ Warehouse, in 1892.

THP’s Featured Article on John F. Cumming [JFC] establishes that he was the staff punch-cutter for DTF/ATF Boston from August 1884 until Autumn 1896, so he may have engraved it. Unfortunately, this handsome caps-only quaint latin with multiple alternates is not discussed by William E. Loy

Like many other unattributed faces originating in Boston, it was probably designed by an independent lettering artist who lived or visited the city (Ludvig S. Ipsen? a Prang consultant?).

This font was revived in 1997 as Croyden# by a unidentified developer; no copyright restrictions are indicated. Alternate letterforms are missing from this rendition, and the numerals do not quite match commercial specimens.

¹During the period when Joseph W. Phinney was Manager of DTF until the ATF merger (1892), no design patents were issued to DTF personnel nor assigned by others.
²Loy, W.E. (1898–1900): Designers and Engravers of Type. In The Inland Printer 21:420, July 1898.

Preliminary Specimensflickr

Working Specimens

Preliminary view of full alphanumeric charset, commercial specimens
Hard-copy scans of preliminary view, grayscale @1200 dpi

October 28, 2015 at 5:27 PM #25588


Recently discovered specimens illustrate many additional alternates apparently not collected by Solo, so Crusader is again a “hot topic”:

Additional Specimens (not posted at

Elm City Printers Supply, 1892. Two-page spread.
Palmer & Rey, 1892. One page, all seven sizes.
Both illustrate card game ornaments: ♠ ♥ ♦ ♣.


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