Ephemeral remains of Stephen Coles.
Writer, editor, typographer.
Oakland and Berlin.

Background image: BonBon Kakku
Title typeface: Times New Roman

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Stigmatypie: 19th-Century Dot Matrix Printing

Tonight I found an odd bitmappy portrait of Gutenburg (top) in a fold-out spread of Harpel’s Typograph, a type specimen from 1870. “What is a stigmatypie?”, I wondered. Some cursory research reveals it was a pioneering, but seldom used, technique for producing halftone images with very small type. It was developed around 1867 by Carl Fasol of Vienna.

Stigmatypie is described in the American Encyclopaedia of Printing (1871):

Pictures made with tiny periods of metal type! Not only was this a Victorian precursor to dot matrix printing, but also (in a way) ASCII art.

Read more from John McVey and Peter Fasol (Dutch), who is the source of the other images above, from Carl Fasol’s Album der Buchdruckerkunst.

Titles and marketing for the Netflix series House of Cards are set in a Trajan-like typeface called Pacioli. The font is based on the work of Luca Pacioli in his 1509 mathematical treatise De divina proportione. You can see that source alphabet (and the rest of the book) at the Internet Archive.

Two Coopers: lettering examples by Oswald (“Oz”) Cooper, of Cooper Black fame, and Frederick G. Cooper, who inspired Oz and many other lettering artists and cartoonists of the early 1900s. Leslie Cabarga, who wrote the book on F. G. Cooper, is selling a massive archive of his work.

Images found in Lettering (1916), by Thomas Wood Stevens

‘Village Green’ by The Kinks
Surely some rapper has sampled The Kinks’ “Village Green”? (Village Green = The Hood). Also, see this fanmade music vid.


Good bye, Mike. I will miss you.


Good bye, Mike. I will miss you.

Wouldn’t it be a wonderful memorial to the respected dead if, every time a loved or admired person dies for whom we want to structure some praise, we also took a moment to pay someone living a well-deserved compliment?

New York circa 1903 (via Shorpy Historical Photo Archive)

PopTech 2013 visuals by Marian Bantjes

“Tomorrow Night” (1997) by Louis C.K.

Advertisement, Auditorium Hotel, Los Angeles (via California Historical Society Digital Collection)

Table of ATF Gothics in the late 1950s

“These are fragments from an as-yet-unidentified (to me, at least) ATF catalog. They were distributed by Perfection Type, Inc. of Minneapolis, an authorized ATF type dealer. Thanks are due to Sky Shipley of Skyline Type Foundry for preserving these fragments (as they came to him) and making them available.” — Dr. David M. MacMillan of Circuitous Root

It’s a good reference for the range of ATF gothics — members of extended, dysfunctional “families” that were never realized as large, cohesive typeface families until 40 or so years later with releases like Benton Sans and ITC Franklin.

Give the gift of Marinović: Do Not Open.


Speaking of domains, I’ve had this one for far too long. Time to put it to good use.

bsider.com domain for sale

  • The domain bsider.com is for sale by owner (me).
  • No reasonable offer refused.
  • Consider it for your blog about obscure music (B-sider) or archive of nursery rhymes (along came the spider and sat down bsider).
  • Contact me.

“Simple Summary of Sausage: A Handy Get-Aquainted Guide for Young Housewives on the Goodness of Ready-to-eat Meats”
Published by the American Meat Institute
Appeared in Ladies Home Journal, August 1947 
(via File Photo)

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