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Specimens of Chromatic Wood Type

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You don’t see many type specimen books in colour; offhand I can’t think of seeing any before this one. Specimens of Chromatic Wood Type, Borders, Etc. Manufactured by Wm. H. Page & Co dates from 1874, and features 100 examples of the very bold typefaces and border designs you find on 19th-century billboards and posters. Very useful if you’re ever called upon to imitate this style. Browse it here or download it here.

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  1. #1 posted by herr doktor bimler

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    More samples from the indispensable Peacay at Bibliodyssey:
    http://bibliodyssey.blogspot.com/2013/10/chromatic-wood-type.html

    I love the Burroughs poetry / Dada graffiti emerging from the samples:
    Detriment Prison Unite!
    Rustic Bride, mun!
    Recount humor — rude

  2. #2 posted by John

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    I must have seen that BibliOdyssey post in my RSS feed then forgotten all about it. I found these because I needed some reference material.

    And, yes, some of them read like tabloid headlines.

 




 

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