Futura wood type

5star's picture

My new go-to print shop (Watermark Graphics) were so kind to give me the ampersand character from an old drawer of their wood type.

Thanks to Don over in our type ID forum he confirmed my guess that this face is Futura Bold ... http://typophile.com/node/114087 ...coolio! It is the very first type I have ever been fortunate enough to hold in my hands ... and own, even if it is just one character lol.

I have a few questions... Is there a way to tell the date when these characters were cut? And how were they so precisely routered? And what type of wood was generally used? And, which foundry produced this particular set? Are there foundry marking stamped on a particular character's base?

Much thanks in advance!

tmac's picture

I believe that the maker's mark should be stamped on the side of an uppercase A.

It's kind of sad that Don is breaking this font out of sorts.

Anyway, should go and post to http://www.briarpress.org/discussion

oldnick's picture

The precision routing is courtesy of a pantograph..

5star's picture

Thank you , thank you! Most informative.

tmac, perhaps I'm missing the humor in your comment but Don simply help ID the type ...I'll go over to the print shop and check the uppercase A ...I'll post my findings.

Thanks again!

donshottype's picture

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It's kind of sad that Don is breaking this font out of sorts.
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A question was asked in the FontID board. The question was answered there. In no conceivable possible way could it ever affect what happens in sorts.
Don

5star's picture

Hi tmac, no luck on finding a foundry stamp on any of the uppercase A, but there were only three of them to check. Perhaps that particular uppercase A has gone missing long ago. When I get the time I'll go back and check the rest of the type.

quadibloc's picture

The font is being broken up, with the individual sorts being given away. That is sad. There may not have been humor intended; "breaking this font out of sorts" may simply be standard hot metal terminology.

donshottype's picture

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The font is being broken up, with the individual sorts being given away.
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I'm surprised that they are not being sold as individual decorator items.
For comparison, consider that some people buy old typewriters, cut off the keys, make them into knick-knacks and peddle the results. The practice is called "key chopping."
Don

hrant's picture

When I made the Type Table*, I made sure the type remained entirely usable.

* http://typophile.com/node/28118

hhp

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