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  • David Michael McNamara
    Almost on cue.... Just returned from my trip and made scans of a couple of the characters of my myster g-face. They actually match up quite well with Goudy s
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 31, 2006
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      Almost on cue....

      Just returned from my trip and made scans of a couple of the characters of my myster g-face.

      They actually match up quite well with Goudy's Garamont, coincidentally, but the numberals are off slightly. (And it is possible the numerals are a different face, but I somewhat doubt it.)

      The link:


      Again, many thanks in advance for your thoughts.

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: Gerald Lange
      To: PPLetterpress@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Sunday, December 31, 2006 2:19 AM
      Subject: [PPLetterpress] Re: Best-Loved Faces (was Linotypesetting)


      I've used these all in my "metal type years," and I'd agree you can
      always trust a good Garamond. But I think the thread was about digital
      type. In that case, I don't know of anyone who is offering or owns the
      rights to the ATF Garamond, but Monotype Imaging has the Granjon
      (which I've used and thought quite good, though in modified version)
      and P22 is offering Goudy's Garamont (as part of the Lanston
      Typography collection). Which I have been tempted to buy. Always liked
      its funk. But Garamond doesn't always start with a "g." Sabon, as a
      for instance. And, I really like the Old Claude that LetterPerfect put
      out; despite that it is faux letterpress, the settings are quite good.

      Besides, there is a bit of a controversy over what is a Garamond,
      isn't there? or more to the point, are all the Garamond faces
      appropriately attributed?

      As an aside, once upon a time, I met with Nicolas Barker, as an
      interview for a project, and he promptly started out with the idea
      that the first digital type program, Karow's (?), was actually an
      attempt to have the computer determine the Garamondness of Garamond.
      Apparently not all that successful.


      > Kayle:
      > I have always gravitated back to a Garamond-like face. Through the
      > years I have used ATF Garamond, Garamont, and Granjon (all "G" faces
      > you'll notice).
      > I like the fairly small x-height which keeps the page relatively
      > light and open. In doing miniature pages, however, I think a face
      > with larger x-height becomes more readable in small sizes, so have
      > used Linotype Baskerville and Authors Roman (BB&S) to good advantage.
      > I may have related this on-line before, but it bears repeating. I
      > complained to one of my professors, Harry Duncan, that I only had
      > 12pt. Garamond in sufficient quantities to set book pages. His reply
      > was that he could be happy with just that face and size for almost
      > all he wanted to do.
      > I do find myself gravitating to what I like and enjoy seeing, and
      > the older I get, the less I seek out new type and decorative
      > material.
      > John G. Henry
      > Cedar Creek Press
      > > And what fonts do others on this list similiarly find themselves
      > > turning to?
      > > It's a personal question, rather than a technical one; I'm not
      > asking
      > > anyone to
      > > tell me what to love; I'm asking what others love.
      > >
      > > Thank you again, everyone, and Happy New Year!
      > >
      > > Kayle Simon
      > >
      > >

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