The Legacy of Type Design History
While rummaging through my old, forgotten type history files, I came across a cache of American Printing History Association newsletters. This one from 1988 includes a fascinating biographical essay on two more or less forgotten 19th-century type designers: the prolific Herman Ihlenburg, whose over 80 ornamental typefaces, including Arboret (a Victorian gem that in the late ’60s was a very popular phototype), and John F. Cummings, whose curlicued Kismet was also the rage in the pre-psychedelic days. Cummings also designed Satanic, which echoes some more righteous ecclesiastic faces.
John F. Cummings.
The American Printing History Association is one of those rare organizations that has a history of preserving history. Although I haven’t received the newsletter or its journal in ages, it is still actively making printing and type design history come alive. Go here for more.