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April 28, 2015 at 2:06 AM #21953


Mystic, Boston TF, Caslon TFMystic is one of 17 type designs acquired by John K. Rogers, Agent of the Boston Type Foundry, between 1877 and 1881. As Inventor of Record, he patented it in 1881–1882; it had been shown in the 1880 BTF catalog.

During this period, BTF employed no staff designer nor punch-cutter¹ and so could not produce new faces. Probably the designer was an independent lettering artist residing in or visiting Boston (Ludvig S. Ipsen? a Prang consultant?).

The resourceful Mr. Rogers offset this liability by negotiating production and/or distribution rights with the Caslon TF (London). Nicolette Gray reports that Mystic was advertised in the Caslon Circular of 1884.²

Besides Mystic, there are several other examples beginning in c1879. Did the terms of this agreement include a provision that Caslon furnish matrices to BTF?

A new THP partner, as yet anonymous, has started work on a digital revival.
Hint: Please welcome her!

¹Loy, W.E. (1898–1900): Designers and Engravers of Type. In The Inland Printer, January 1900 and July 1898.
²Gray, N. (1938): Chapter VII, 1875-1890. In XIXth Century Ornamented Types and Title Pages, pages 69, 192, 206. Faber and Faber Limited, London.

June 10, 2015 at 5:20 AM #22334


The new THP Partner recently sent a peek preview of her progress on Mystic. It looks lovely—complete with the full alphabet, numerals and all the fabulous ornaments!

Pending her permission, I will gladly upload a copy for all to admire.

July 24, 2015 at 9:34 AM #22970


Permission granted.

To that end, has anyone digitized the Central and Boston Trademark that includes the |Accuracy Beauty Durability| banner apex?
If so, I would love to use that as the apple glyph in this project!

July 26, 2015 at 5:23 AM #22973


Welcome again to the Type Heritage Project, RXGlyphIT!

You are indeed welcome here, and we value your commitment to rescuing endangered typefaces like Mystic. Here’s hoping you will visit often and undertake future revival projects as your experience grows.

For some crazy reason, I can no longer open the tiff file you sent before, so I substitute these new ones for due admiration—they’re “hot off the press”:



Thanks to you, Mystic will live again for educational study and creative use in The Digital Age. These images look great in full resolution. You included all the ornament pairs—what a bonus!

Thanks too for the Central|Boston logo. The child/sibling/parent story behind it is quite interesting.


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