ATG Quirkies: Poetry in Early-20th-Century Typeface?

by | Jun 10, 2015 | 0 comments

This post on Slate‘s history blog, The Vault, features “a collection of type specimen pages, published in 1910 by the Keystone Type Foundry of Philadelphia. Not only do these pages provide examples of the company’s type, “in the foundry’s choice of demonstration headlines, a strangely poetic vision of daily life in 1910 emerges.”  


Author Rebecca Onion also discovered “another Keystone specimen book, from 1906 “that highlights examples of ” page ornaments, borders, and cuts (standard illustrations that were the rough equivalent of today’s clip art), as well as its range of type.”

Rebecca found all of these pages on the Tumblr of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Special Collections.

(The source of ATG Quirkies is John Riley of Gabriel Books)


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