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A short history of the Italian

A short history of the Italian

The Italian, one of the earliest non-ornamental display types, was first shown in the 1821 type specimen book of Caslon & Catherwood. The face can be quickly identified by the reversal of stress in the characters strokes. The traditionally thick vertical strokes in the roman character have been made thin and the thin horizontal strokes have been made thick. This type form represents a novel, if not radical, visual break […] Read more – ‘A short history of the Italian’.


Wood Type Research

Wood Type Research is a blog of current research in wood type design, manufacture and use during the 19th and 20th centuries by Professor David Shields, Chair of the Department of Graphic Design at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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A (working) hand-list of available wood type specimen catalog facsimiles and digital copies
This is a first attempt on my part to compile (and make available) a comprehensive list of wood type specimen catalogs‹1› that currently exists as facsimiles or digital copies that are freely or more readily accessible than the rare originals. This compilation focuses exclusively on wood type manufacturers and their distribution partners and hopefully can move beyond the limited focus of American and English manufactures with more research. I would […] Read more – ‘A (working) hand-list of available wood type specimen catalog facsimiles and digital copies’.
A (working) hand-list of available wood type specimen catalog facsimiles and digital copies organized chronologically
This list of digital copies is organized by date of original publication. The list is also available organized by collection and includes a short introduction. Read more – ‘A (working) hand-list of available wood type specimen catalog facsimiles and digital copies organized chronologically’.
Aldine & Aldine Ornamented
Aldine & Aldine Ornamented were patented by William H Page — and assigned to William H Page & Co — on March 15, 1870, (US Design No 3,905). The plain face Aldine was first shown April 1870, in Marder, Luce & Co’s quarterly The Chicago Specimen‹1›. Both Aldine and Aldine Ornamented were shown by William H Page & Co in their July 1870 Specimens of Wood Type. In American Wood […] Read more – ‘Aldine & Aldine Ornamented’.

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