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November 29, 2013 at 4:54 PM #5485


Romantiques No. 1McGrew¹ identifies this v-e-r-y old face as Tuscan Outline and traces it to Ornamented No. 1071 of the 1830s by Laurent & de Berny (Paris, 1828–1840). Besides Romantiques No. 1, he lists several alternate tradenames: Carnet de Bal, Uncle Sam, Ornate No. 3 and Ornate No. 851 (Bruce).

Gray² attributes it to Figgins (London) c1846. Lieberman³ calls it Ornamented Outline available from Stevens Shanks (London); Jaspert4 concurs and adds that it was shown by J&V Figgins c1870. Thanks to the highly influential Dover books by Dan X.Solo,5 it may be best known today as Spangle.

¹McGrew, M. (1993): American Metal Types of the Twentieth Century (Second, Revised Edition), page 344. Oak Knoll Press, New Castle, DE.
²Gray, N. (1938): XIXth Century Ornamented Types and Title Pages, page 200. Faber and Faber Limited, London.
³Lieberman, J.B. Ph.D. (1967): Types of Typefaces and How to Recognize Them, page 117. Sterling Publishing Co., Inc., New York.
4Jaspert, W.P.; Berry, W.T; Johnson, A.F. (2001): The Encyclopedia of Type Faces (Second, Revised Edition), page 169. Cassel & Co., London.
5Solo, D.X. (1992): The Solotype Catalog of 4,417 Display Typefaces, page 19. Dover Publications, Inc. (Minneola, NY).

November 29, 2013 at 6:26 PM #5513

Alan Jay Prescott

Call it Spangle, Romantiques No. 1, Uncle Sam, Carnet de Bal or Ornamented No. 851, it has been revived as Springfield Roman and a derivative:


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