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September 14, 2015 at 7:10 AM #23843


Pynson designed by H. Ihlenberg For MS&J in 1880s. Any info on this typeface?

September 15, 2015 at 4:13 AM #23847


PynsonThis lovely stylized latin was designed by Herman Ihlenburg in 1887. He patented it in April–May and assigned the rights to MacKellar, Smiths & Jordan [USPTO D17361]. The similar tradename may confuse it with ATF Pynson Oldstyle Italic, which was introduced in ≤1903. Google research indicates that it has not been digitally revived.

Preliminary Specimensflickr
Working Specimens

  • Patent Exhibit (badly speckled). Dual-case alphabet, numerals.
  • Catalog Showings MSJ 1892 and 1895, ATF New York 1897
  • Photos of letterpress font, 18 and 24 pt including punctuation, ligature and symbol glyphs.

Richard Pynson, MarkRichard Pynson [1448–1529] was an apprentice to William Caxton, England’s first printer, and continued his work after the death of Wynkyn de Worde.

¹These catalogs were issued after ATF incorporation in February 1892. Even so, members continued their original names until 1895.

September 19, 2015 at 6:40 AM #24082


I have some photos of the actual metal type (Not specimen proof) for Pynson with complete characters.
It has all the basic punctuation as well as both lower and upper cases AE and OE ligatures.

I will upload them to my dropbox folder tonight.
Using image filtering might be neccessary but since there is a patent exhibits and various showing which helps quite a bit.

September 19, 2015 at 9:20 AM #24090


I have uploaded the photosto my dropbox account.

September 21, 2015 at 3:33 AM #24200


Thanks so much for these photos, jch02140. What a treat that today’s photo editors can “flip” the originals to display as right-side-up mirror images.

You really “do your homework”! I saw the same listing for 18- and 24-pt Pynson letterpress type at, and it did not occur to me to manipulate the illustrations as working specimens.

I have stored your upload for future reference. Who knows? A clever revival developer may be able to trace the punctuation and symbol glyphs missing from the patent exhibit and commercial showings.

Since the outlines themselves are not complex, here’s hoping that this handsome face will be “rescued” soon!


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