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June 5, 2014 at 6:22 AM #10355

Anna

TendrilThe design for Tendril was patented by Herman Ihlenburg [1843–1905¹] in 1878 [USPTO D10915]. Along with Camelot# (Goudy-Phinney/ATF Boston 1900 [USPTO D32298]), his application was one of the fastest-approved in 19th-century history. Rights were awarded in less than three weeks during November and assigned to MacKellar, Smiths & Jordan [MSJ] of Philadelphia.

Ihlenburg’s claim reads that he “invented and produced” this aptly named beauty. This statement is interpreted to mean that he conceived the outlines and cut the punches. The application affidavit is extra-interesting because it describes the features of many letterforms in unusual detail extending to a second page instead of the routine two or three paragraphs referencing the specimen exhibit.
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After declining an offer of employment from the Conner TF (New York) in 1865,¹ Ihlenburg was recruited from his native Germany the following year by a representative of L. Johnson & Co. (forerunner of MSJ), after Lawrence Johnson’s death in 1860 and before the successor firm was incorporated in 1867.³

With nearly 100 patents assigned to MSJ or the Bruce TF (New York), Ihlenburg’s extraordinarily rare combination of creativity (left brain) and highly developed tactile skills (right brain) clearly distinguish him as the most prolific 19th-century type designer.
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¹Pankow, D. (1993): Recast in an American Image|The Work of Hermann (sic) Ihlenburg, Type Designer, page 16. In The Ampersand 13:10-18.
²Loy, W.E. (1898–1900): Designers and Engravers of Type. In The Inland Printer, May 1898.
³Annenberg, M.; Saxe, S.O. [Editor]; Lieberman, E.K. [Index] (1994): Type Foundries of America and Their Catalogs, page 179.  Oak Knoll Press, New Castle, DE.

Preliminary Specimens

  • If you are interested in this revival, please request high-resolution working specimens.

Working Specimens

  • Good quality patent exhibit, full dual-case alphabets and numerals.
  • Four catalog showings, no additional glyphs.

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November 16, 2014 at 5:56 PM #18128

Alan Jay Prescott

Perhaps Tendril ought to be my next project, since I love this man’s work and it is “simpler” than the things I’ve been working on recently. Please send me scans that you have, including the patent specimen, and I’ll get cracking!


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November 18, 2014 at 5:01 AM #18201

Anna

You’ve got it, Alan–check your dropbox folder!


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February 4, 2015 at 5:00 PM #21671

Alan Jay Prescott

Tendril has been revived as Tender Regard PDS. Flickr link follows:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/108113093@N02/16419538136


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February 4, 2015 at 7:14 PM #21674

Robert

To Mr. Alan Jay Prescott:

Nicely done again on yet another Hermann Ihlenberg’s typographic gem.

Yours truly,
Robert


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February 5, 2015 at 10:09 AM #21687

Anna

Gorgeous… Mr. Ihlenberg would be SO pleased to know that, thanks to YOU, this revival exemplifying his genius will survive for at least a few more centuries!


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