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Emerson/Spiral type

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  • Paul W. Romaine
    Imke, Emerson is a Monotype type based on Joe Blumenthal s proprietary Spiral type for his press of the same name. The major MT casters like M&H should have
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 4, 2002
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      Imke,

      Emerson is a Monotype type based on Joe Blumenthal's proprietary "Spiral"
      type for his press of the same name. The major MT casters like M&H should
      have it. Blumenthal melted down Spiral when he closed his shop in 1971, but
      as of 1998 some individual pieces survived in 14 point with Victor
      Hammer's widow and Dartmouth's typographical workshop. For a discussion of
      Spiral/Emerson's origins, see the essay by Blumenthal's protege, Jerry
      Kelly, "Joseph Blumenthal's Spiral/Emerson Type" in _American Proprietary
      Typefaces (NY: American Printing History Association, 1998). (Still in
      print: see http://www.printinghistory.org/htm/pubs/) Jerry's article shows
      some of the visual differences made by Monotype in redrawing Spiral for the
      caster. (Proofs illustrated as fourth image on the APHA website:
      http://www.printinghistory.org/htm/pubs/proprietary-typefaces.html)

      I asked Jerry Kelly, who reports "David Wolfe in Maine and Harold Berliner
      in California have Emerson mats."

      FYI, staff at the London Type Museum confirmed what Jerry writes in his
      article "Only forty sets of the [Emerson] matrices were sold" by Monotype,
      "which certainly meant that Monotype lost money on its investment" (p. 120).

      Best,
      Paul

      Paul W. Romaine
      Vice President for Membership / Web site manager
      The American Printing History Association www.printinghistory.org
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