William E. Loy accounts that Nicholas J. Werner cut ATF Quentell# “after designs by W. P. Quentell, of Kansas City, which has proven one of the popular faces of recent years.”¹ Mr. Quentell, advertising manager of Armour & Company (Kansas City, MO), patented the face bearing his name in 1895 [USPTO D24683].
Robert Donona, the prolific THP Partner who so ably digitized it for posterity, identifies it as the first example of a “fatface sans” distinguished by extreme contrast between thick and thin strokes. McGrew adds that it was the model for ATF Taylor Gothic,² which was patented by J.W. Phinney in 1898 [USPTO D28253].
¹Loy, W.E. (1898–1900): Designers and Engravers Of Type. In The Inland Printer, August 1899. ²McGrew, M. (1993): American Metal Types of the Twentieth Century (Second, Revised Edition), pages 153/261. Oak Knoll Press, New Castle, DE.