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April 8, 2014 at 4:36 AM #8037

Anna

D22104 GFS ATF 1892-93

The above specimen is taken from an application for a design patent submitted by Gustave F. Schroeder on 11 April 1892. It was assigned to Mr. V.A.J. Rey of ATF San Francisco (an ATF “Charter Member” formerly Palmer & Rey) and approved on January 10, 1893 [USPTO D22104].

Historical Context

  • The application cited is dated about two months after the ATF merger of February 8, 1892.
  • Palmer & Rey was an ATF Charter Member.

Conclusions

  • Like De Vinne#  [Table 3:63–96], this design was probably commissioned by a future ATF member whose routine patent policy was to “skip the ‘red tape’; just display a ‘pending’ notice.”
  • This attitude characterized the two most powerful ATF members: Central|Boston and Dickinson.
  • It was contrary to the one exercised by other prominent ATF members: MSJ, Conner, Cleveland, Marder Luse, etc.

Can someone match this patent specimen with a tradenamed commercial one?

¹Loy, W.E. (1898–1900): Designers and Engravers of Type. In The Inland Printer, December 1898 (Schroeder); August 1899 (Werner).


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September 9, 2014 at 6:43 AM #15871

George

The name I have on file for that Design Patent is “Ramona.” The issue date for the patent is 1-10-93. This information came to me through working with Dave Norton’s research papers and communication with him.


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September 9, 2014 at 6:53 AM #15874

Anna

Thank you so much, George! Welcome to The Type Heritage Chapel—here’s hoping that you’ll enjoy hanging out here.

Once you supplied Ramona’s all-important tradename, I looked it up in Tribby’s database and followed his trail to ATF’s 1900 catalog at Haithi Trust:

Ramona, 1900 ATF

Ramona will be the next candidate for revival.

If you are so inclined, please tell us more about your work with Dave Norton.

Thanks again, Anna


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September 9, 2014 at 6:55 AM #15875

Anna

Some important “off-topic” subjects introduced in this thread have been transferred to other forums newly indexed in the navigation sidebar. For a short time, they are easily accessed via the “Hottest Topics” and “Latest Topics” menus. These entries will soon be replaced by more active and more recent topics.

THP’s long-range goal is to organize the information presented for the most permanent access possible. Hopefully(!), it may be found by type historians 100 years from now :-)… .


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November 9, 2014 at 10:01 PM #17609

Anna

Another commercial specimen of ATF Ramona: The Inland Printer, August 1899.


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