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January 6, 2014 at 12:08 PM #6882

Alan Jay Prescott

1888, Marder Luse

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


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January 23, 2014 at 2:21 PM #7267

Anna

TrinalTrinal. this super-sophisticated stylized latin was patented by British immigrant William F. Capitain [b1850] of Chicago in September–October 1888 [USPTO D18671]. The Marder Luse TF (AKA Chicago Type Foundry), his employer since 1874,¹ advertised it in The Inland Printer edition of November 1888. It was shown by ATF until c1900.

Mr. Capitain had “paid his dues” at the Flinch (Frankfurt), Conner (New York) and New England (Boston) TFs. After the ATF merger in 1892,² he superintended the ATF St. Louis branch, formerly Central TF.¹ Thereafter, he patented two more original type designs.

Another Marder Luse employee, Nelson Hawks, was the primary proponent of the point/pica type-measurement system adopted by the Association of Typefounders of the United States in 1896.

Many thanks to Star THP Partner Alan Prescott for suggesting revival of this heretofore-neglected gem—it’s loaded with handsome initials plus matching ornaments. An audit of available letterforms is missing only the initials I, O and X. Most likely, they never existed—the effects that Capitain applied did not suit them.
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¹Loy, W.E. (1898–1900): Designers and Engravers of Type. In The Inland Printer, June 1899.
²DeVinne, T.L. (1899-1902): The Practice Of Typography|A Treatise on the Processes of Type-making, the Point System, the Names, Sizes, Styles and Prices of Plain Printing Types (Second Edition), page 105. The Century Co., New York.

Available Specimens

(Speckled) patent application: all small caps, all numerals, $?!&.
Eleven PDF-extracted commercial specimens: swash caps as above plus ornaments.


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July 3, 2014 at 2:15 AM #12003

Anna

I found another specimen of Trinal—this one has an alphabetical showing of swash caps A-J:

Trinal Initials, A-JThis is pretty convincing evidence that no swash I was intended for this face.


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July 6, 2014 at 2:50 PM #12329

Robert

To Miss Anna and Mr. Alan Prescott
Here is almost a complete font of Trinal Caps, Swash Caps, Figures except figures 1 and 0. I copied this from the Phillips’ Old-Fashioned Type Book by Frederick Nelson Phillips, 1945.
Enclosed is a zipped file of Trinal.

Yours truly,
Robert


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July 7, 2014 at 7:07 PM #12370

Anna

Thanks Robert,

These are beauties! I decided to delete the zip file and uploaded it to Alan’s private dropbox folder instead.


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November 23, 2014 at 11:18 AM #18583

Alan Jay Prescott

Trinal (Trinal Fancy) has been revived as Trinitro PDS. (A few characters were discovered after this was done and will be added.) It is difficult to know whether this is a COMPLETE font, but it is very close. Flickr link attached:
Trinitro


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November 24, 2014 at 1:47 AM #18613

Robert

To Mr. Alan Prescott:

Astounding! Very nicely done on this one.

Yours Truly,
Robert


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November 24, 2014 at 6:31 AM #18645

Anna

What Robert said—you gotta LUV it!


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November 24, 2014 at 12:38 PM #18648

Alan Jay Prescott

Thanks to Anna and Robert for the glyphs that were missing from the Inland Printer specimen. This turns out to have been a very large font with numerous alternates, which of course varied somewhat with the point sizes produced. I suspect that different type houses added characters willy-nilly to the original set, since it is obvious that several concepts shown are rather inconsistent with a rigorous design aesthetic. There are distinct Ihlenburg features mixed in with weirdly unmatching “tail” treatments. This oddball is simultaneously ugly and beautiful…right up my alley! I have found an additional few glyphs and have included them as well just this afternoon. Enough already…onward to Aztec!


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