This giant X is from the modern poster lot. I find the tiny counters on the top and bottom to be fascinating, it’s really quite a meaty letterform. Most of the digital interpretations of this style of face seem to be rounded, but this X is all straight lines. It seems very vertically stretched, and the shorter counters only make it seem more strange.
The face is mostly clean besides the leftover ink at the very top and bottom. The bottom chunk of ink looks really visually interesting to me. You can see a hint of red along the face on the left side. Side grain blocks are more fragile than end grain blocks, and you can see lots of scratches and small wounds on this block. It’s got a nice grain and color, there’s some really nice patterns on the face.
Style: Airport Tourist/ Futura Display variant
Style first appeared: 1932
Size: 48 line
Manufacturing Method: Hand Carved
Is it part of a complete set? No