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November 10, 2013 at 6:37 AM #5103

Anna

The Bruce TF’s Ornamented No. 1056 is known today as Gypsy.¹ This ribbon-like free-form script was designed by Julius Herriet Sr., who patented it in 1877 [USPTO D10292].

Unfortunately, the only available specimens are the patent one, which apparently exceeded the paper size, and a “one liner” from the Solotype Catalog, which supplies the missing T.

Is anyone willing to take a chance on this sweet, pretty thing?

Preliminary Specimens

¹1992  Solo, D.X.: The Solotype Catalog of 4,417 Display Typefaces, page 19. Dover Publications, Inc. (Minneola, NY).


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November 19, 2013 at 3:35 AM #5292

Anna

Many thanks to Star THP Partner Robert Donona for  a super-scarce full specimen, which he once received from a photolettering pen-pal, the late Dan X. Solo [DXS].

Robert’s interest in revivals turned digital when his photolettering equipment, suddenly obsolete in the early 1990s, yielded a vast trove of film-fonts. He brings to THP a rich treasury of rarely published specimens.

By now, he has produced countless digital revivals specializing in victorian, art nouveau and his favorite genré, “grot-goth” sans-serifs faces.

If YOU would like to archive for posterity a digital revival of this spectacular free-form script, please reply in the dialog box below. A zipfile containing all available specimens will be promptly furnished.


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December 9, 2013 at 11:18 PM #6155

Robert

I have just put a tiff image specimen of my progress on Gypsy in my Dropbox folder. So far I am at the letter P.


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December 10, 2013 at 8:54 PM #6168

Anna

Thanks Robert. It looks really good!

Gypsy

Check your dropbox folder for a 1200-dpi tiff scan of a one-line specimen from Bruce 1882. Some of the letters have a bit more detail than the one DXS gave you.


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October 17, 2016 at 7:42 PM #28737

jch02140

Just curious if there are any updates for this revival available?


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May 26, 2017 at 1:58 AM #30740

Robert

Gypsy is now finished and is called Gift Wrap. Enclosed Specimen
Yours truly,
Robert


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May 30, 2017 at 2:11 AM #30743

jch02140

Another nice revival, did you create the accents and missing punctuation as well, or only the A-Z and numbers?


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May 30, 2017 at 11:06 PM #30744

Robert

This was created straight from the source from Mr. Dan X. Solo which contained the letters A to Z, figures, punctuation and a Dollar sign. The basic accents I added.

Yours truly,
Robert


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June 5, 2017 at 5:13 AM #30752

Anna

How v-e-r-y wonderful! Thank you, Robert, for your hard work to rescue this rare freeform script! I predict that Bruce’s Ornamented No. 1056=Gypsy=Gift Wrap will be a super-prized “must-have” for revival collectors—and for  today’s graphic designers who comb the THP Bazaar for eye-catching typefaces that *distinguish* their work from “ho-hum” to “full attention.”

Thanks again for this perfect revival of an irresistible font that surely will prove ever-so useful in the future!


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