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.
- ® Design was patented (US) or registered abroad.
- Unknown=Designer unknown, punch-cutter and/or Inventor of Record substituted.
- Click the column heading to sort by Tradename or Priority.
- Click the thumbnail to view the forum discussion and a link to preliminary specimens.