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November 26, 2013 at 1:49 AM #5423


Mother HubbanrThis quaint latin beauty with drop-dead gorgeous floating flourish options and multiple alternate letterforms was cut by J.F. Cumming [JFC] for the Dickinson TF (Boston)¹ in ≤1886.²

THP theorizes that Ludwig S. Ipsen of Boston, a master book illustrator/lettering artist, designed Mother Hubbard# and perhaps many other faces introduced by the Dickinson [DTF] and/or Boston [BTF] TFs. It was almost certainly named for Boston socialite Anne S. Hubbard, whose husband, Charles W. Hubbard, was a prominent artist. In 1904, Ipsen designed bookplates (one of his specialties) for the Hubbards.

  • Mr. Hubbard and BTF Agent J.K. Rogers were members of the Boston Artists’ Association in 1841-1851 (the span of this organization).
  • For many years until his death in 1888, Rogers was treasurer of the Boston Art Club (founded in 1854); he networked with local and visiting artists.
  • JFC worked for Rogers in 1881-1884 and may have known both Hubbard and Ipsen.
  • JFC may have introduced Ipsen to J.W. Phinney when he transferred from BTF to DTF in 1884.

The caps of Mother Hubbard# match a copy by the Eduard Scholz TF [Vienna] tradenamed Monopol# shown in Petzendorfer’s Schriftenatlas of c1903 (not in the 1898 edition). Scholz’s specimen does not illustrate the alternate letterforms nor the fabulous “floating” flourishes that THP Partners have enabled for designers.

A dual-case version of Monopol# was “fonted” by George Williams (now primary author of FontForge, a powerful open-source free font editor) in 1994. Where the LC letterforms “came from” is unknown—THP correspondence with Mr. Williams some 10+ years ago is inconclusive.

¹Loy, W.E. (1898–1900): Designers and Engravers of Type. In The Inland Printer, July 1898.
²The Inland Printer, March 1886; Farley’s Directory, 1886.


November 29, 2013 at 6:36 PM #5518

Alan Jay Prescott

I have revived Mother Hubbard/Monopol as Morton Roman:
Morton Roman

December 3, 2013 at 2:17 AM #5806


?? I sent Anna the Mother Hubbard complete with ornaments and swashes and how to use the the swashes on March 5 this year. :(

  1. specimen.pdf
December 3, 2013 at 11:22 AM #5832

Alan Jay Prescott

Thanks for that info. At the time I worked on it, Anna did not let me know she already had it. I believe I developed it in June, but in any case after March. I’m curious…how do our efforts compare?

December 3, 2013 at 11:50 AM #5836


Look here.
Your post reminded me that I still had to do something on the kerning.
Always interesting to see how it is done by others. And, as I wrote to Anna months ago, I don’t see this as competition. It is done for the fun of it.
Where can I see your actual font-file?

December 3, 2013 at 12:08 PM #5838

Alan Jay Prescott

No competition at all and none intended. It’s just that when a font has been revived (by anyone), it is good to know beforehand so that resources can be targeted towards those not developed yet.

Thanks for doing Mother Hubbard. I will send you a .fog if you can open it, or the font itself.

December 3, 2013 at 4:53 PM #5842


Compare the lower case letters in the Monopol with those of Dan X Solo’s Ringlet.

December 3, 2013 at 11:29 PM #5845


koeiekat: ?? I sent Anna the Mother Hubbard complete with ornaments and swashes and how to use the the swashes on March 5 this year. :(

I’m so sorry about the Mother Hubbard thing—I still feel bad about it… When it happened, I decided then and there to set up this forums site to prevent future incidents. After learning how to do it, it was finally running smoothly in June.

The Revival Progress chart should keep everyone on the same page. As Alan said, it’s ideal when “new oldies” are chosen for revival projects—otherwise hundreds of beauties might be overlooked and forgotten.

The other chart suggests revivals that have not been digitized AFAIK. THP Partners are so prolific that they keep me busy with progress updates, and I haven’t had a chance to add more to this wish-list lately. Don’t worry—there are plenty more where these came from…

koeiekat: Compare the lower case letters in the Monopol with those of Dan X Solo’s Ringlet.

OMG—congratulations for putting this together! You have a very keen eye for this stuff, so you must like it a lot, huh <LOL!>?  Thanks for adding your voice to the THP Chapel—here’s hoping you’ll like hanging out here!


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