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January 6, 2014 at 12:12 PM #6883

Alan Jay Prescott

1890 (Tasso, Gotham), Barnhart Bros. & Spindler; 1895 (No. 205) George Bruce’s Son

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


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January 30, 2014 at 7:35 PM #7559

Anna

Tasso=GothanWhat a shapely sans—nice choice, Alan! The “Scrabble-scoring” letters are all accounted for, and it looks like the alphabet is complete. Just in case, I have more catalog specimens if you need them.

I have found no specimens earlier than the BBS Tasso ad of March 1890, and it displays no patent nor pending notice. Three years later, the 1893-1894 catalog specimen is suddenly marked “patent pending.” No such patent was issued, and future specimens withdrew the notice. This face was “fair game”!

Loy writes that August E. Woerner cut the three sizes of Gotham¹ that you spotted in Annenberg’s² reprint of Farmer’s ad (Inland Printer, July 1890). BBS’s earlier ad (March) shows the same three sizes plus three larger ones.

Furthermore, the Farmer ad identifies the Chicago office (BBS’s “turf”)—not the plant in New York, where Woener worked. How did Farmer manage to market this design so quickly? Was there a spy in the Chicago office?

Bruce’s No. 205 series (February 1895) is exactly like BBS’s. By the time the Bruce TF advertised this face, the last family member involved with the business (George Bruce’s son, David W. Bruce) was terminally ill—he died a few weeks later. Together with the inconsistent catalog number, the evidence suggests that Bruce distributed the BBS version.

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¹Loy, W.E. (1898–1900): Designers and Engravers of Type. In The Inland Printer, April 1898.
²Annenberg, M. [Editor] (1977): A Typographic Journey Through the Inland Printer 1883–1900, pages 323, 335, 494. Maran Press, Baltimore.

P.S. Duh… This face has never been revived AFAIK. Nor has there ever been an LC version—just the caps and small caps.


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December 17, 2014 at 5:12 AM #20330

Anna

Good News, Alan!

I just found a specimen of Tasso No. 2 in the BBS 1907 catalog. Guess what? It has a “gin-you-wine” lower case:

Tasso BBS 1907

Can you fudge the missing glyphs?


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December 25, 2014 at 5:22 PM #21013

Alan Jay Prescott

Anna, please send me any scans that you have of this terrific series to my dropbox. This is a quickie job that I’d like to do to give my brain a break.


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December 30, 2014 at 6:53 AM #21155

Anna

You’ve got it, Alan! A second search of BBS catalogs hosted by hathitrust.org turned up even more LC specimens. All told, you can probably put together the full alphabet. Check your dropbox folder for these goodies.

P.S. Have you tried the handy-dandy Glyph Audit Checklist that I made for this purpose? When you find a glyph, just cross it out and continue looking for the rest. Space for notes about alternates, ligatures, ornaments, etc. too.

P.P.S. See also BBS Big Blue Book documenting that this catalog, undated by BBS, was issued in December 1895. This discovery clears up the confusion between two identical versions dated 189? and 1901 by two university libraries available from hathitrust.org.


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February 1, 2015 at 5:00 PM #21655

Alan Jay Prescott

Tasso/Gotham/No. 205 has been revived as Tasty Gothic. The lowercase was only available in rather poor scans, so I did my best. Thanks to Anna once again for finding the rare lowercase, and indeed, in was a complete set in the showings given. Flickr link below:
TastyGothicRoman


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February 1, 2015 at 9:12 PM #21656

Robert

Congradulations on another typographic gem

Yours truly,
Robert


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February 4, 2015 at 1:07 AM #21668

Anna

Another beauty rescued from extinction! Thanks for giving your brain a break…


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