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.
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.
Braggadocio (Monotype), Futura Black (Bauer), Stencil (American Type Founders and Ludlow),Tea-chest (Stephenson Blake),Transito ( Amsterdam).
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Publication information: Book title: 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. Contributors: Geoffrey Dowding - Author. Publisher: British Library/Oak Knoll Press. Place of publication: London. Publication year: 1961. Page number: 203.
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