Welcome! Forums Revivals I–K Jupiter

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April 15, 2014 at 10:14 AM #8297


This heart-tugging cutie was designed by Gustav F. Schroeder for the Central TF¹ (St. Louis) in or before 1888, when it was shown in the Cincinnati TF catalog. According to Tribby, it was discontinued by ATF after the 1900 catalog.

Because the M and g are extra-adorable, these glyphs were selected for the thumbnail instead of the relatively “ho-hum” J and u. Alert type scholars will recognize the letterforms as the model for Chesterfield# as rendered by Alan Meeks for Letraset (UK) in 1977:

Chesterfield Glyphs

Scchroer’s  original Jupiter vs Letraset Chesterfield:

Jupiter includes alternate C, N, c, e, s and y letterforms plus matching ornaments.
These letters are completely different: A, G, K, V, W, X, Y, w, v, x, y.
The bar of the Jupiter t extends only to the right.
Other differences that hawk-eyed THP partners surely will notice!

Glyph Audit


This face was not patented, so no complete alphabet exists as a single, unified specimen. Some of the usual “tuffies” are missing from available commercial specimens. The Q, k and Zz glyphs may resemble those of Chesterfield#—or not….

Z’s and k’s are relatively common in non-English publications. If no one else can supply the missing glyphs, I will try to find them in German specimens.

Available Catalog Specimens

Cincinnati TF, 1888
Franklin TF, 1889
ATF Central, 1892
ATF Palmer & Rey, 1892
ATF Pacific Coast, 1896
ATF, 1900
¹Mullen, R.A. (2005): Recasting A Craft|St. Louis Typefounders Respond To Industrialization, page 142. Southern Illinois University Press, Carbondale.

April 23, 2014 at 9:30 AM #8534


Star THP Partner Robert Donona reports that he has examined the two leading German printing-trade periodicals for Jupiter specimens and found nada:

  • Archiv für Buchdruckerkunst und verwandte Geschäftszwiege|Archiv für Buchgewerbe (monthly)
  • Typographische Jahrbücher (annual)

How v-e-r-y disappointing—this face is just too appealing to ignore 125+ years later!

He further advises that a limited specimen is shown in the second edition of Nicolette Gray’s essential 1938 handbook as revised in 1976 to include a chapter on Ornamented Types in America by Ray Nash (unfortunately not available to THP).

Will Schroeder’s original Jupiter become extinct? Don’t let this tragedy happen! In some language native somewhere on Planet Earth, original examples of the missing glyphs MUST exist.

Please exercise the resources of The Type Heritage Project: find the missing Q, Z, k and z and reunite them with the rest of this oh-so endearing dual-case alphabet so it can be digitally archived for posterity!

April 24, 2014 at 11:57 PM #8599

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May 8, 2014 at 2:33 AM #9376


Thanks, Robert.

Too bad the Figgins specimen doesn’t show the missing glyphs, huh?

August 12, 2015 at 2:23 AM #23178

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August 12, 2015 at 4:05 AM #23181

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August 22, 2017 at 11:01 PM #31002


To Miss Anna:

I have decided to work on this one. Enclosed is a specimen status of Jupiter.

Yours truly,

August 24, 2017 at 5:19 AM #31039


Oh Robert,

Thank you SO much for perpetuating this super-cute typeface far beyond the imagination (or pre-unicode technical resources?) of Lettraset’s Chesterfield.

Those who know your work as I do expect this revival to include both sets of letterforms. My personal preference tends to prefer the original ones designed by Gustav F. Schroeder in 1888.

It is a SO satisfying to know that your revival of this special typeface will document its history for future type historians!

Furthermore, it is so irresistibly charming that graphic designers, revival collectors and others will want to add it to their resource libraries.

Well done!


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