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December 14, 2013 at 5:02 AM #6406


Hoyt ScriptWhat a knockout! This “stub pen” script was cut by James West for the Cleveland TF and patented by Henry H. Thorp (owner) in January–February 1883 [USPTO D13651].

William E. Loy writes that while Mr. West did not claim to be a type designer, he was one of the best punch-cutters in history and was known especially for scripts.¹ Indeed, he started the “autograph script” craze the year before with Carpenter Script.

Likewise, this face imitaHoyt Inks Bizcardtes the handwriting of a real Mr. Hoyt, possibly A.C. Hoyt of New York, a manufacturer of printing inks.

Before migrating to Ohio, West had worked for the major New York TFs until the late 1870s: Conner (James Conner recruited him from Scotland in 1860¹), Bruce and Farmer.

Annenberg writes that he returned to New York during the mid-1880s, when he helped the Manhattan TF to standardize their wares with the American Standard Point System adopted in 1886.²

¹Loy, W.E. (1898–1900): Designers and Engravers of Type. In The Inland Printer, March 1898.
²Annenberg, M.; Saxe, S.O. [Editor]; Lieberman, E.K. [Index] (1994): Type Foundries of America and Their Catalogs, page 189. Oak Knoll Press, New Castle, DE.

Preliminary Specimens

Hardcopy scan of full charset, grayscale @1200 dpi
Supplementary commercial specimen

December 14, 2013 at 7:17 AM #6425


Nice one. I’ll pick it up if you like. If so, please drop me the grayscale 1200 dpi scan.

December 14, 2013 at 7:30 AM #6427


You’ve got it, KK! Hi-rez specimens are on the way…

December 21, 2013 at 3:53 PM #6577


For the moment I named this one after all involved in this weird typeface, West Cleveland Thorp Hoyt Script KK. Should I have included Anna in the name?
This is a first beta with only the supplied character set, no fine tuning on advance widths and no kerning whatsoever yet. The lower case characters are a bit of a gamble with the B/W specimen sheets but probably close enough to give a reasonable impression of the face.
On request Western European characters may be added later.

December 23, 2013 at 10:38 PM #6605


It’s lookin’ good, KK!

I fell in love with Hoyt Script at first sight, so I’m glad you chose this project. The name is your call, and so is the charset. If you intend to sell your revival, it would be smart to maximize your market with European diacritics.

Personally, I think it’s a stunning show-stopper with big-time potential for use today. It’s absolutely unique—I have never seen anything else anything like it, anywhere else.

The typical font fancier would probably need convincing that it’s a 19th-century revival. It has eye-catching appeal galore and could be a mainstream commercial hit.

P.S. Did you decide to delete the png specimen attached to your comment? Clicking it evokes a 404 error.

December 24, 2013 at 3:45 AM #6644


“P.S. Did you decide to delete the png specimen attached to your comment? Clicking it evokes a 404 error.”

Nope, that is a bug on your side. Something must have gone wrong during maintenance of your site. Same thing happened with the Tivoli topic. Also the “Quote button” on your site doesn’t work.

Here is a new image with some kerning. Kerning still has to be fine-tuned though.

December 24, 2013 at 9:24 AM #6653


Sorry about the lost attachments—I’ll check into this problem when I have a chance.

koeiekat: Also the “Quote button” on your site doesn’t work.

To use the Quote Button
1) Highlight the desired text.
2) Click “Quote.”

The selected text appears in the reply panel.

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