Banner Links

Zebra, Van Horn

Welcome! Forums Revivals X–Z Zebra, Van Horn

This topic contains 2 replies, has 2 voices, and was last updated by  Anna 2 years, 9 months ago.

Author Posts
Author Posts
September 21, 2013 at 1:01 AM #4484


Zebra, Van HornNicolette Gray credits these designs to the V&J Figgins TF in 1847; Figgins’ original version of the solid one shown here was an outline shaded letter.¹ Six very slightly different wood-type variants including the solid were shown by Wells & Webb in 1849.²

Zebra# was Figgins’ original tradename; the Wells & Webb copies were numbered versions of Tuscan Condensed Shade#. The Van Horn# family surname may have been dubbed by Dan X. Solo;³ all other specimens examined are numbered.

THP Partner Alan Prescott has blessed future typographers with perfect revivals of the wood type faces.

¹Gray, N. (1938): XIXth Century Ornamented Types and Title Pages, page 201. Faber and Faber Limited, London.
²Kelly, R.R. (1977): American Wood Type, 1828–1900|Notes on the Evolution of Decorated and Large Types, pages 106, 108. Litton Educational Pub­lishing, Inc./Van Nostrand Reinhold Company (New York 1969). Reprinted by DaCapo Press, Inc. (New York 1977).
³Solo, D.X. (1992 ): The Solotype Catalog of 4,417 Display Typefaces, pages 17, 34. Dover Publications, Inc. (Minneola, NY).

November 29, 2013 at 2:55 PM #5466

Alan Jay Prescott

Below are the four typefaces I have created to cover Van Horn/Zebra, which I have named Valor.
Valor Shaded
Valor Rimmed Shade
Valor Outline
Valor Roman

June 24, 2014 at 2:49 AM #11721


Oooops! Someone already claimed the tradename Valor. You may want to change yours?


You must be logged in to reply to this topic.