Lady Text

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September 10, 2015 at 6:32 AM #23689


Lady Text designed by H. Ihlenberg for MS&J (1884)
Any info on this type design?

Attached is a 1 line specimen.

September 10, 2015 at 12:28 PM #23699

Alan Jay Prescott

I believe Lady Text was done a long time ago, back in the 1990s. Still, the sample I saw was very poor, really just a scan-and-go. I seem to remember that Donona did Lady Text. I remember thinking I would attempt to do Lady Text as one of my more tedious projects, but I would not do it if someone else has already worked on it. Solo has a very good sample in his book, but I have become skeptical of his revivals over the last few years and would need to see a good many examples from an earlier time to check his against the originals. If I thought there were differences and that someone revived Solo’s therefore incomplete effort, I would do it. It is a very difficult face to revive, in any case.

September 10, 2015 at 11:09 PM #23704


Lady Text, I did one letter, which is the Cap A.

Yours truly,

September 12, 2015 at 5:13 AM #23758


Herman Ihlenburg designed Lady Text, presumably in 1883. He patented it in November 1883–January 1884 and assigned the rights to MacKellar, Smiths & Jordan.

His work was revived as Kelly Ann Gothic by Mike Allard/De Nada Industries in 1992.

Star THP revival developer Robert Donona observes that it may be a good candidate for color separation of the decorative elements and is considering this project.


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