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November 4, 2013 at 5:49 PM #4983

Alan Jay Prescott

I’ve begun reviving this beauty and will most likely have it ready by the end of the week.


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November 5, 2013 at 11:27 AM #4999

Anna

Culdee was the brain-child of Herman Ihlenburg, who patented the design in August–October 1885 and assigned the IP rights to MSJ.

It was also shown in Petzendorfer’s high-profile Schriftenatlas of c1903 as available from ATF Philadelphia:

Petzendorfer, L. (Editor): Schrif­ten­atlas Neue Folge|Eine Sammlung von Alphabeten Initialen und Monogrammen Zusam­men­ges­tellt, plate 24. Julius Hoffmann, Stuttgart. Reprinted as Treasury of Art Nouveau Alphabets, Decorative Initials, Monograms, Frames and Ornaments: Dover Publications, Inc. (Minneola, NY 1984).

Petzendorfer’s publisher, Julius Hoffmann, was adored as a champion of creative Europeans, especially in Germany—so much so that someone designed a typeface named for him [Solotype Catalog 53]:

http://www.fontspace.com/roulette-studios/blackbeard

I figure you’re working from the specimen in Solo’s Decorative Display Alphabets, right?

1990  Solo, D.X. [Editor]:Decorative Display Alphabets|100 Complete Fonts, page 27. Dover Publications, Inc. (Min­ne­ola, NY).

Guess what? The ornament between the caps and everything else is also shown by Petzendorfer, and the patent specimen exhibits a couple of others too [attached].

What a JOY to know that “endangered” Culdee will survive for another hundred years or so!


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November 5, 2013 at 1:06 PM #5008

Alan Jay Prescott

Did not see Petzendorfer attachment. I’d love to make this one as complete as possible. Thank you, once again.


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November 6, 2013 at 6:30 AM #5014

Anna

Ooops! Sorry, I forgot—thanks for the reminder.

I uploaded the Petzendorfer specimen to your dropbox folder. Since WordPress doesn’t support viewing TIFFs, there’s no sense in storing it here.

Knowing you, you’ll find something new and wonderful in it.


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November 6, 2013 at 9:35 AM #5020

Alan Jay Prescott

Robert is also sending me a scan, perhaps a different one. Or at least I hope so, since I didn’t want to bother him unnecessarily. Thanks to you both.


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November 6, 2013 at 10:24 PM #5034

Alan Jay Prescott

The irrepressible Robert Donona supplied with two beautiful scans showing glyphs that clearly escaped Solo’s notice.

Among the interesting additions I made to my admittedly premature fonting effort were: the real lowercase O, which was incorrect in Solo; several fabulous dingbats; an alternate lowercase R; and three different lowercase T alternates that accommodate tucking.

This is a radically irregular and fully modern typeface that shows Ihlenberg at his innovative and quirky best.

Culdee is ready for prime time and it was a real pleasure to revive this outstanding invention from one of the most fecund designers of the nineteenth century.


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November 7, 2013 at 1:04 PM #5037

Anna

Alan, sometimes you work too fast for me to keep up with you!

When I saw yesterday’s Culdee revival, I noticed that some of the ornaments were missing. So I scoured the commercial specimens and found some wonderful alt letterforms too. I just uploaded the TIFFs to your dropbox folder—take a quick look at the PNGs here!


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November 7, 2013 at 2:41 PM #5044

Alan Jay Prescott

Umm… The PDF I put in the drop box showed the full character set, including all the dingbats that I see in your wonderful specimens… So, I’m not sure what is missing. The font I attached should have everything available. Let me know if I’m in error. Sorry for the trouble, but I think it’s pretty much ready.


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November 7, 2013 at 6:54 PM #5046

Anna

Huh? I think I know what happened… You meant to send a PDF? What I have is an OTF that looks like the attached screenshot.

Now I can’t wait to see the Real Deal!


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November 7, 2013 at 10:08 PM #5050

Alan Jay Prescott

I put the final Culdee font and a PDF showing of the full character set in the dropbox. Let me know of any issues. Thank you!


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November 8, 2013 at 3:33 AM #5054

Anna

Nope… Still no expected dropbox files. Who knows? Maybe it would help combine everything in a single zip archive?


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November 8, 2013 at 11:04 AM #5064

Alan Jay Prescott

Hmm. When I get to my computer this afternoon, I will try again my way and see what happens. If it doesn’t come through correctly, I’ll start putting items in Zip files. Perhaps a good paradigm would be to put the font, a character sample PDF and a Read Me in each Zip file. The Read Me can contain info that doesn’t need to go into Forum so this space can be kept cleaner. Thanks for your patience, Anna, as always!


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November 9, 2013 at 5:01 AM #5066

Anna

???

Something is whacky about this upload… It still hasn’t reached me, and I’m sure you’ve tried the “zip everything together” method by now.


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November 29, 2013 at 5:17 PM #5492

Alan Jay Prescott

Culdee has been revived as Cullane Roman, which sample appears below.
Cullane Roman


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