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January 24, 2014 at 6:53 PM #7306

Anna

Spinner Script was designed in ≤1883 by John Graham, an “alum” of MacKellar, Smiths & Jordan (Philadelphia) who followed the advice of Horace Greely and moved to Chicago,¹ then the US western frontier.

It was patented by Carl Müller, an executive of the Marder Luse TF (AKA The Chicago TF), Graham’s employer since 1882, in January–October 1883.

After assigning three additional design patents to Marder Luse in 1883–1884, Graham established an independent TF specializing in scripts and ornamental fonts.

A revival of this fabulous “italian” backhand is high on the To-Do List of Star THP Partner Robert Donona, and working specimens have been furnished. Unfortunately, the USPTO’s copy of the patent specimen was lost [USPTO D14346], so no complete alphabet is available. Missing glyphs: X, Z, j.

¹Loy, W.E. (1898–1900): Designers and Engravers of Type. In The Inland Printer, September 1899.

Spinner Script, Marder Luse 1884

 


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April 15, 2014 at 11:53 PM #8333

Anna

Hey Robert!

I recently found an additional specimen of Spinner Script. It was published as a Marder Luse ad in a v-e-r-y short-lived periodical entitled The Chicago Printer: Volume I/No. 1 dated April 1883. There are a few new glyphs: alt t, ampersand, curly quotes, hyphen.

1883 Apr Chicago_Printer 1;1

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July 5, 2015 at 1:44 AM #22625

jch02140

I recently found a complete alphabet print proof and saved it in my desktop. Is Mr. Robert Donona still working on this typeface? I have not receive any reply from him via flickr or the email listed there…


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July 5, 2015 at 3:30 AM #22627

Anna

Thanks for this wonderful news, jch02140!

Please do not be concerned that Robert did not respond to your flickr message. My hunch is that he visits that site only to upload specimens.

He does visit this site regularly, and he will soon read and answer your post. In the meantime, I have taken the liberty of setting up a secure dropbox folder for you. You will be automatically notified of the access info by eMail.

If you would be kind enough to upload the specimen there, I will gladly pass it along to him.

Isn’t the Internet just grand :)?


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July 5, 2015 at 4:27 AM #22633

jch02140

Thanks Anna. :)

I have uploaded the specimen to the dropbox folder.
Take notes that there are some alternates (ie. A, P, r, s) and special ligatures.


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July 5, 2015 at 4:48 AM #22635

Anna

WOW, jch02140!

Yes, the alternates and ligatures are super-cool—I can hardly wait for Robert to see this surprise! He has looked a l-o-n-g time for the missing glyphs, and now he has some extra ones to play with.

Thanks another million times for your keen eye and generosity, Anna


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July 6, 2015 at 11:20 PM #22676

Robert

To. jch02140,

Writing to say thanks for the complete font of Spinner Script, this will work and it is the right size,which is based on the 24 point size, this is the size I started working with.

Yours truly,
Robert


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July 7, 2015 at 4:42 AM #22701

jch02140

Thanks Robert.

I am very interested in this typeface, and will definitly buy the font when it is available.


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November 15, 2015 at 10:17 PM #25879

Robert

Spinner Script is finished and renamed Spinster Script.
See enclosed sample.

Yours Truly,
Robert


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November 16, 2015 at 12:48 AM #25884

Anna

Thanks, Robert! Your revival of Spinner/Spinster Script is a truly timeless beauty!


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December 29, 2015 at 10:34 AM #26174

Anna

Thanks to Robert, this beauty will be featured as a “Perk” for the IndieGoGo crowd-funding campaign.


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