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In the era of metal type there were a few condensed sans type families that came in a series of widths much less pronounced than what we’re used to today. The most obvious example is Alternate Gothic 1–3, which are closer in width than the extra condensed and condensed fonts of today’s typefaces. These designs allowed typesetters to get a really nice fit for ad copy and headlines. Would a series like this be useful today? Or do designers prefer to just track and kern to fit rather than mess with different fonts?