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

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Cheque, from the Boston/Central Type Foundry catalog, 1892

A lot of the ornamental typefaces from the Victorian era were pretty wild, but I’ve never seen anything quite like Vassar, found in the specimens of Farmer, Little & Co. back to about 1886. Nick Curtis digitized the face and released it as Foxcroft NF in 2005. It’s certainly not a complete revival, as its missing stuff like the alternate ‘S’ seen in “VASSAR” at 36pt in the first specimen above.

I’d like to see Rian Hughes take a crack at this — in his own devious way of course.

Gaslight Style | Sheaff : ephemera (via @typegirl)

One pronounced aspect of Victorian design was a great interest in creating the illusion of depth, particularly so with lithographers. Type, vignettes, products and design elements are made to seem multi-layered through the use of shadows, superimposition, dimensional banners and ribbons, turned-up faux page corners and choice of colors. Some have labeled this the “Gaslight Style” approach to design…
Questions: How common was this style at the time? An everyday kind of thing? I wonder if it was as beautiful to the Victorian era public as it is to us now.

A peek inside the Typographica.org offices as we edit “Typefaces of 2011”. Note pile of submissions on desk.

Actually a portrait of Flora Payne Whitney via Library of Congress, ca. 1919.