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November 5, 2013 at 11:38 AM #5002

Alan Jay Prescott

I’m simply starting this topic to see whether Anna will paste some info on this amazing banner face into this space to get the ball rolling.

I revived Motto only after I studied the rather poor scans to see whether it might get close enough to the original for usability. I think my efforts were decent, but there remains some doubt as to the details in some of the more inscrutable glyphs.

November 13, 2013 at 9:49 PM #5174


This exciting banner-style light-faced latin was patented by Boston TF Agent John K. Rogers in August–November 1879. His claim reads that he “invented and produced” the design.

This legal language is interpreted to mean that he commissioned it from an independent lettering artist and then invested in manufacturing it.

Between 1877 and hire of John F. Cumming in 1881, BTF employed no staff punch-cutter. The designer and cutter of Motto# are unattributed in the literature, so little else is known.

Motto# was shown in the BTF catalog of 1880. Some of the decorative elements match those of BTF Legend#, a sans-serif banner font illustrated in the 1879 and 1880 editions of the BTF catalog.

November 29, 2013 at 6:37 PM #5519

Alan Jay Prescott

Motto has been revived as Montrose Roman:
Montrose Roman

April 9, 2014 at 6:30 PM #8166

Michael Hurley

24 pt. Motto is currently cast in metal by Skyline Type Foundry from matrices that were, I believe, manufactured from surviving original type (probably either by Charles Broad or Andrew Dunker). It may be worth it to pick up a fount of Motto from Sky Shipley and print new specimens of the characters for scanning.



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