Spartan/Contour No. 2

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January 6, 2014 at 12:05 PM #6881

Alan Jay Prescott

1886/1888 respectively, Marder Luse

I am interested in reviving this face. Does anyone know whether this has been done?

January 29, 2014 at 11:21 PM #7503


Spartan-ContourSpartan was patented by William F. Capitain in October–December 1886 [USPTO D17013]. He assigned the design to Marder, Luse & Co. As you observed, Contour No. 2 is the outline derivative.

It seems odd today… Marder Luse routinely named all outline faces Contour No. ___. Like most TFs, they did not associate them with their prototypes. In the 1890 catalog, specimens of Spartan and Contour No. 2 were placed 40 pages apart!

Searches at myfonts and google find no digital versions (at least none admitting to a revival). Let me know if you want the patent specimen.


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