Grotesque/Fancy Grotesque

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January 6, 2014 at 11:39 AM #6870

Alan Jay Prescott

1885, Marder, Luse

I am interested in reviving this face. Does anyone know whether this has been done?


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May 31, 2014 at 2:33 AM #10220

Anna

Grotesque/Fancy GrotesqueThis rare pair of super-lightfaced stylized sans-serif faces is not known to be digitally revived.

It was hatched by the creative genius of William F. Capitain [1851–1915+], a type designer/cutter employed by Marder, Luse & Co. in 1874–1893.¹

He did not assign rights to the design, which he patented in February–May 1885 [USPTO D16106]. Marder Luse introduced it to readers of The Inland Printer in February 1885 with a “patent pending” notice.

Besides the letterforms illustrated in this commercial specimen, the patent exhibit includes diphthongs and catch-words described in the affidavit.

The year after Marder Luse and nearly two dozen other US TFs merged as American Type Founders’ Company in February 1892, Capitain was appointed by John Marder, his former employer then ATF’s western manager, as superintendent of ATF St. Louis (formerly Central TF).¹

As a resident of Bayonne, NJ (a suburb of Jersey City, site of ATF headquarters) in May 1915, he assigned to ATF the patent for his last known design (tradename not identified).
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¹Loy, W.E. (1898–1900): Designers and Engravers of Type. In The Inland Printer, June 1899.


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July 7, 2015 at 12:27 PM #22751

Alan Jay Prescott

I’ve started to revive this face, so any specimens would be appreciated. I am working from Inland Printer at the moment, but could use as many other specimens as possible. Thank you!


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July 7, 2015 at 4:15 PM #22752

jch02140

Hi Alan,

I have attached two images. Not sure if you have already seen those but I will attached them anyway since no specimen is linked from this topic…

Also, this is a little off topic (and apologize for that) but did you receive my last email sent few weeks ago?

Best Regards,
jch02140


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July 8, 2015 at 6:09 AM #22764

Anna

Hi Alan,

I uploaded the patent specimen and six pdf-extracted tiffs of Grotesque and/or Fancy Grotesque to your dropbox folder. BTW I had trouble with the dropbox setup awhile back, so please let me know ASAP if you don’t find the new zipfile.

Hi jch02140,

Thanks for your help!


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July 9, 2015 at 8:25 PM #22809

Alan Jay Prescott

Grotesque and Fancy Grotesque have been revived as Grosgrain PDS. Attached is a Flickr picture. Thanks to Anna for her fantastic specimens, particularly the patent application. Though the patent applications are generally poorly rendered, the letterforms that are missing elsewhere are often extremely useful as jumping-off points for designing them from scratch and making as complete an inventory as possible of the font as intended.
GrosgrainPDS


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July 17, 2015 at 2:46 AM #22818

Anna

*Perfectly* lovely, Alan! Thanks to YOU, these rare type treasures will live again!


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July 17, 2015 at 9:54 PM #22822

Robert

Very nicely done, another typographic gem worth reviving and complete with the alternates.

Yours truly,
Robert


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