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I can’t help but grin at Q’s that are little more than O’s with tails stuck on. Where is the imagination?! There are of course limitations when designing a letterform for a typeface like this. Descenders make type much more difficult to set, and this face is so heavy that if the tail cut through to the counter, there wouldn’t be much negative space left! This is a great straight sided letterform, with generous curves at the corners that keep it from being too rigid. The tail has the same, gradually rounded curves the body does.

This block is in great shape, and has seen minimal use. I just love how the grain pools out from the lower left corner, like the tail has been dipped in a pool of water, causing it to ripple out. The counter in the center is actually really irregular, so I am guessing it was hand finished.

Style: Gothic
Style first appeared: Unknown
Size: 15 line
Manufacturer: Hamilton
Manufacturing Method: Pantograph
Is it part of a complete set? Yes

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