An Introduction to the History of Printing Types: An Illustrated Summary of the Main Stages in the Development of Type Design from 1440 up to the Present Day: An Aid to Type Face Identification

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STENCIL

Stencil types are of this century. Despite the Industrial Revolution it does not appear to be a design with which Victorian founders experimented at all and though it is possible that such faces were cut--accidentally rather than as a result of conscious effort on the part of the punch-cutters--none have survived either for re-casting or for re-cutting. Most of the stencil types that contemporary typographers would recognize unhesitatingly as such date from the early 1930's--one of the earliest known to the writer is Schablone, Schmalfette. Otto Weisert, Stuttgart, 1931.


Luxemburg

In the stencil plates cut to produce stencilled letters used by manufacturers on cases of goods for export, for instance, a thin band of metal (or other material from which the stencil plate may be cut) supports the counter of the letter O, for example. In types designed to imitate stencilled lettering a representation of this device is used--and in some designs the thin band may form the whole of the counter of a particular letter.


Some contemporary stencil types

Braggadocio (Monotype), Futura Black (Bauer), Stencil (American Type Founders and Ludlow),Tea-chest (Stephenson Blake),Transito ( Amsterdam).

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Acknowledgements ix
  • Preface xiii
  • Contents xv
  • List of Illustrations xvii
  • Introduction xxi
  • Part One the Book Types I 3
  • Gothic 5
  • Roman Venetian 19
  • Roman Old Face 31
  • The Italics 43
  • The Intermediate1 or Transitional Romans 59
  • The Modern-Face Romans 75
  • The Modernized Italics 87
  • Old Style 97
  • Twentieth- Century Types 101
  • Part Two the Display Types 109
  • II 109
  • Latin or Renaissance Scripts 127
  • Decorated 145
  • Shaded 155
  • Fat Face 161
  • Antique or Egyptian 169
  • Shadowed or Three-Dimensional1 175
  • Sans Serif 179
  • Reversed or Cameo 183
  • Ionic 187
  • Outline or Open 191
  • Clarendon 195
  • Calligraphic 199
  • Stencil 203
  • Typewriter 205
  • Miscellaneous Display Types 207
  • Notes on the Illustrations 209
  • Appendix I 264
  • Appendix II Serifs 267
  • Bibliography 269
  • Index 273
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