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August 13, 2013 at 4:36 PM #3602


In 1877-1881, the Boston TF experienced a “dry spell” with no staff punch-cutter to produce a stockpile of 14 patented innovative designs apparently drawn by freelance lettering artists.

To rescue his business, BTF Agent J.K. Rogers (majority stockholder) prioritized development of well-received multi-lined brass rule and sold production and/or distribution rights for certain faces to the Caslon TF of London.

As part of these negotiations, Caslon personnel may have cut the punches and furnished matrices [strikes] of these fonts to BTF.

In the meantime, Rogers hatched a brilliant plan to “keep up appearances.” Not a type designer himself, he “designed” and patented three “new” fonts: a collection of banner-style faces [Table 1:28, 31, 34] combining the same existing sans serif caps with ornamental elements. No type cutter for these faces is attributed in the literature—perhaps Henry Brehmer managed these jobs during his Dickinson TF commissions in Boston?

Single-Scored Gothic [USPTO D12035, 1880] is simply underlined; Double-Scored Gothic [USPTO D10752, 1878] adds an overline; Legend# [USPTO D12128, 1880-1881] offers finials similar to those of BTF Motto#, a light-face latin with “ribbon” options patented in 1879. The only elements claimed as new are the decorative treatments.

Many thanks to THP Partner Robert Donona, who bravely tackled Legend#, the most difficult-to-digitize example of BTF’s “scored gothic” collection.

December 11, 2013 at 12:04 AM #6211


My revival of Legend Boston includes all the end and center pieces, plus some alternate characters:



December 11, 2013 at 3:11 AM #6226


Thanks so much for this historic beauty!


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