5435Re: what are these
- Mar 14, 2006The ATF Blue Book for 1923 shows these on pp. 660/663 as "A Showing
of Holiday Borders." If you look at the top showing on p. 660 you
will likely see the very warts you have. These are actually the two
color units, or berries, which go with the other color, the leaves.
They are twelve point in size.
I was very fortunate to spot a large lot of the berries shown on p.
663, mostly in 18 point, but also some in 12 point. There were no
leaves, or at least I didn't spot them, but I bought them anyway.
I have used them to very good effect as "fancy rule" in setting the
colophons, or title pages, of some work. I am currently using them
on a title page for a specimen of German fraktur types, 20 point
Fruehling form Klingspor, 36 point Rhapsodie from Ludwig & Mayer,
& 36 point Liebing from H. Berthold. I can thank the wonderful Jim
Heagy at Hunter's Point, San Francisco, for this and many other
wonderfully creative things. You can see how I used it on my website
www.philoxeniapress.com & click the link "The Work" & go to page
2 & view the "Advent Liturgy Poster." I also used it with 30 point
Hermann Zapf Civilite to separate the Owl & the Pussycat text from
the colophon which was in 16 point Poliphilus. This broadside is
also shown, but unfortunately the colophon & border do not show.
You may click on any image on the website & it will enlarge to show
The units you have would not be useful in this regard as they have
no line material to which they attach; they are simply berries only
& therefore depend on the holly units; but you might just try playing
with them. That's the fun of using this stuff anway. I didn't like
the holly leaves anyway, so they were probably there & just over-
looked in a fit of aesthetic arrogance.
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