quadibloc's picture

This typeface, named Eastman

appeared in the 1896 ATF specimen book. It didn't make it into the 1897 one, or any later ones, apparently.

While it wouldn't be mistaken for any of those faces, it seems to anticipate some of the features of both Times Roman and Perpetua.

I had been thinking about this because I thought I had seen an image of William Starling Burgess' original sketches on the Internet somewhere, but I couldn't find them again; I wanted to compare them, rather than the face Starling, to Times Roman.

quadibloc's picture

Of course, the 1897 specimen contained many faces that ended up being revived during the phototypesetting era:

It could have been that the lettering from Art Deco era posters, not Quaint itself, was the basis of the later faces I'm thinking of, though.

It was also interesting to me that Columbus, featured in the 1897 specimen, gave rise to American Italic which appeared in a later one.

hrant's picture

FWIW that style of font (Eastman) is often termed De Vinne.


quadibloc's picture

I have seen the name DeVinne applied to faces other than the one most commonly given that appellation:

Here are Columbus and American Italic, as I mentioned; the latter was in the 1906 specimen, while Columbus was in 1896 and 1897, but not later:

I noticed in the Keystone specimen a Caslon Old Style that looked a bit odd:

In the sixteen point size, it makes the descenders on Caslon 540 look long. In another size,

look closely at the lowercase "e". Oh, dear, using pied type for your specimen book.

Nick Shinn's picture

I suspect its name has something to do with Kodak.

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