A Half-Century of Type Design and Typography, 1895-1945 - Vol. 2

A Half-Century of Type Design and Typography, 1895-1945 - Vol. 2

A Half-Century of Type Design and Typography, 1895-1945 - Vol. 2

A Half-Century of Type Design and Typography, 1895-1945 - Vol. 2

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Just ten years ago the Typophiles published their first book. Spinach From Many Gardens we called it, as we hurriedly put it together to salute Fred Goudy on his seventieth birthday.

This book has not been produced that way. Its writing, in fact, has occupied Mr. Goudy for more than two years--not steadily, but through the weeks and months. In putting down recollections of his many type faces, fresh facts were recalled and the text amplified and edited again and again.

In setting specimens of Goudy type faces to illustrate the text, more than a dozen loyal friends in cities far and near have been of material assistance. Our grateful indebtedness to these contributors, and to other generous Typophiles who have been of invaluable help in production, is detailed on following pages.

We planned and worked to have this book ready for Mr. Goudy's eightieth birthday, March 8, 1945. Conditions beyond our control prevented, unfortunately, and it was not possible to present a copy to each of the two hundred guests at a birthday dinner in his honor at the Ambassador Hotel in New York.

Earnest Elmo Calkins, the distinguished author and advertising agent, put into words, in a letter read that evening, a feeling about F. W. G. that every Typophile would endorse: "The first time I saw Goudy," he recalled, "he was pulling proofs on an old-fashioned lever press as part of some exhibition at the National Arts Club.

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