Cool Undigitized Fonts

 

Like the one monitoring progress on revivals completed or in progress, this chart lacks thumbnail images originally uploaded to dropbox.com (where the “public” folder is now “private”). They will be restored ASAP.


Letterpress type and maintainable equipment for printing it may soon be centralized by museums and regional historical societies.  Besides publishing textbooks documenting revivals already digitized for posterity, a Top Priority of the Type Heritage Project [THP] is to facilitate digital archival of as many of these precious gems as possible. Working specimens are gladly furnished to revival developers.

The Wish-List below focuses on 19th-century job fonts intended for illustration and documentation in Volume I of the THP textbook series, Quintessential Victorian Display Faces. Revivals of all pre-digital faces are eligible for sale at the THP Bazaar: metal, wood, photo-lettering or transfer-type.

These fonts were originally designed for book title pages, posters, advertising brochures, etc. Authentic specimens may not include lower-case alphabets, numerals, punctuation and other extras expected for book fonts. It is perfectly acceptable to “skip” fabrication of non-keyboard glyphs that exceed the originals. Exceptions:

  • International currency symbols £, € and ¥ are useful
  • The “¢” symbol is handy for fun projects with old-fashioned themes recalling the days when some things really did cost less than $1.00!

A thousand thanks to THP’s generous Partners, who volunteer their valuable time and talent to preserving these treasures for posterity!


This list will grow as (many!) more are added; it will shrink as projects are undertaken and transferred to the revival status chart.

  • Click the column heading to sort by Tradename or Priority.
  • Click the thumbnail to view the forum discussion and a link to preliminary specimens.
 Pre-Digital
Tradename(s)
Specimen(s)
Available
History
Preview
Priority
Pre-Digital
Tradename(s)
Specimen(s)
Available
History
Preview
Priority
AlbinoAlbinoPatent Exhibit
Commercial Showings
Unknown
®J.K. Rogers
Boston TF 1882
Volume I
AuroralAuroral
Elberon
Astral
High-Resolution Scans,
Catalog Showings
Patent Exhibit
Unknown
®H.H. Thorp/
Cleveland TF 1882
Volume I
ByzantineByzantinePoor patent exhibit,
3 catalog showings
®H. Ilenburg/Ihlenburg
MSJ 1869
Volume I
ClematisClematisPatent Exhibit
Catalog Showings
®C.E. Heyer/
BBS 1884
Volume I
Criterion-ModocCriterion
Modoc
Criterion Patent
Commerical Showings
®J. Graham/
Marder Luse TF 1884
Volume I
CrusaderCrusaderExisting digitization;
only alternates and
numerals needed
Unknown
Dickinson TF ≤1886
Future
EclipseEclipse
Eclipse Shaded
Patent Exhibits
Catalog Showings
®C.E. Heyer/
BBS TF 1882, 1883
Volume I
EnsignPatent Exhibit
Catalog Showings
Unknown. ®A. Little/
Farmer 1882
Volume I
Erebus-HadesErebus
Hades
Catalog ShowingsG.F. Schroeder/
Central TF 1889
Future
Florist=UnionFlorist
Union
Patent Exhibit
Commercial Showings
®James West 1885Volume I
GreenbackGreenback
Greenback No. 2
Patent Exhibit
Catalog Showings
H. Ihlenburg
®R. Smith/MSJ 1871
Volume I
JumboJumboPatent Exhibit
Commercial Showings
®E. Lauschke/
BBS TF 1887
Future
JupiterJupiterCatalog ShowingsG.F. Schroeder/
Central TF ≤1888
Future
Lakeside ScriptLakeside ScriptPatent Exhibit
Catalog Showings
®C.E. Heyer/
BBS TF 1882
Future
LouisIVLouis IV
Ornamented No. 1081
Patent Exhibit
Commercial Showings
®H. Brehmer/
Bruce TF 1884
Volume I
Bruce Medieval, c1869Medieval ~Tudoresque
(Figgins 1847)
Catalog ShowingsUnknown. Unpatented
design, Bruce 1869.
Volume I
Minster-THPMinsterPatent Exhibit
Catalog Showings
®H. Ihlenburg/
MSJ 1878
Volume I
MoorishMoorish
Moorish Open
Patent Exhibit
Commercial Showings
®Schmohl, Lauschke/
BBS TF 1891
Future
National
National Gothic
Full Charset
approx 6.5" × 7.5"
J. Herriet Sr.
®L. Johnson/
Johnson TF 1856
Volume I
NormanesqueNormanesquePatent Exhibit
Catalog Showings
®C.E. Heyer/
BBS 1879
Volume I
SafariOrnamented No.
1060, Safari
High-Resolution scan
approx 6.5" × 7.5"
®J. Herriet Sr./
Bruce TF 1879
Volume I
Pen TextPen Text, Engravers
Upright Script
High-Resolution scan of
all glyphs, multiple
catalog showings
Unknown
Cincinnati TF c1879
Future
PynsonPynsonPatent Exhibit
Commercial Specimens
Photos of letterpress fonts
®Herman Ihlenburg/
MSJ 1887
Future
Southern CrossSouthern Cross
Numbered
High-Resolution scan
of full charset,
Commercial Specimens
Unknown
Hænel 1847
French ≤1847
Volume I
SterlingSterlingPatent Exhibit
Catalog Showings
®C.E. Heyer/
BBS 1890
Future
TudoresqueTudoresque
(LC only)
Full Charset, Scan
Dual-Case Alphabet
Existing caps-only font
V & J Figgins 1845Volume I
Unknown, Marr c1853Unknown
"Angular"
High-Resolution scan, caps-
only alphabet plus extras
Marr c1853Volume I
“Runic Outlined”Unknown
"Franciscan"
High-resolution scan,
complete charset
Unknown, French?
Boston TF 1860
Volume I
Unknown
"Tranquil"
High-Resolution scan, caps
alphabet, catalog showings
Austin|A. Wood 1863Volume I