These types are of early nineteenth century3 origin. The first examples were Egyptians, Fat Faces, and Tuscans1 reversed white on a black ground. Thorowgood shows a Reversed Egyptian italic in his specimen of 1828 and the Sheffield founders, Bower & Bacon a Four-line White--fat face capitals reversed white on a black ground--in a specimen of 1830. Unlike the contemporary versions of reversed types the earliest examples appeared on continuous black grounds--there were no white lines separating adjoining letters as there are in present day examples.
Enjoying a relatively brief period of popularity these reversed types went almost entirely out of fashion about forty years after they had first appeared and the design was not resuscitated until the 1920's.
Today types of this kind are sometimes called Cameo2 and are usually sans serif capitals reversed white on a black or shaded ground.____________________