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August 8, 2013 at 3:31 AM #3303

Anna

Grolier, Ihlenburg, MacKellar Smiths & JordanThis dual-case beauty, named in honor of the prestigious Grolier Club established in 1884, was designed, cut and patented [USPTO D17346] by Herman Ihlenburg for MSJ in 1887. It has never been digitized, and ace THP Partner Robert Donona intends to do it perfectly, complete with a full set of Swash caps.

After collecting specimens for years, the only glyphs he lacks now are the swash V, X and Y.


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May 7, 2014 at 7:16 AM #9305

Anna

I’ve been thinkin’, Robert…

It’s v-e-r-y possible that Grolier swash caps V, X and Y never existed. Maybe these glyphs just didn’t “lend themselves” to embellishment with the flourishes that Ihlenburg designed?

If I were you, I would go ahead and produce Grolier font/fonts according to the specimens you have so diligently curated.

  • You could omit the “missing glyphs” with a statement like, “Swash caps V, X and Y are not included; it is theorized that no original specimens exist.”
  • Or you could “fudge” them by applying curlicues pasted from other swash glyphs to the “plain” caps and append the same disclaimer.
  • You could promise customers who purchase the font that if you ever discover original specimens of these swash caps, you will provide free updates.

I’m NOT you, and you may disagree(!).

Even so, Grolier is just too special to “die” for lack of three glyphs that might suit only super-rare headings in layouts today and in the future.


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December 12, 2014 at 12:40 AM #20102

Robert

This year I talked to a printer who has the Grolier Initials—he will check whether the caps V, X and Y exist.
Does anyone else have a font of Grolier Initials with these characters?

Yours truly,
Robert.


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October 11, 2016 at 5:26 AM #28666

Anna

Exciting news! None other than super-valued historian Robert A. Mullen, author of Recasting a Craft|St. Louis Typefounders Respond to Industrialization, writes “I was browsing your fine site tonight and noticed that the revival of Grolier is on hold due to the lack of three morticed initials. The initials V, X and Y do exist, and I have them in sizes 12, 18, and 24 point. I can provide a scanned image of them if you like.”

We look forward to Robert‘s usual “ace” revival soon!


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October 14, 2016 at 2:22 AM #28708

Robert

To Mr. Bob Mullen and Miss Anna:

Writing to say thanks for the high-resolution scans of Grolier–they are perfect. The characters I have gathered from international specimen books plus these scans guarantee that Grolier will be preserved for posterity. It is a lovely face that has not even been made into prototype.

When finished, Grolier will make a nice typeface for greeting cards, posters, announcements and so on.

Yours truly,
Robert


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October 17, 2016 at 7:38 PM #28736

jch02140

Hi Anna,

Wondering if there are any specimens of this available?


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October 17, 2016 at 11:57 PM #28740

Anna

Thanks for the “heads-up,” Johney!

I have linked the thumbnail specimen above to a new flickr album.


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December 1, 2016 at 11:09 PM #28918

Robert

Grolier is now finished—the revival is called Glorigene Cursive Pro, which has both plain caps and fancy initials. I also made two other versions: Glorigene Cursive No. 1, which has the regular caps only, and Glorigene Cursive No. 2, which has the fancy initials only. All include a new swash lowercase that I added to spice up the fonts. See sample image of Glorigene Cursive Pro.
Yours truly,
Robert


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December 7, 2016 at 7:53 AM #28940

Anna

Oh Dear Robert,

Please accept my apology: I promise I responded to your post about finishing Grolier the very next day!!! I have just noticed that somehow it was not published—I can’t explain why…

From memory, it said something like this: Your work on Grolier is nothing short of perfection. Have you outdone even yourself this time? Posterity cannot thank you enough for a masterful revival of this super-challenging face.

You were right: It works wonders for greeting cards!

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P.S. The next chore on my To-Do List is to notify Bob Mullen of this miracle.


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