19th Century Type Specimens

MisanTrope's picture

Hi, I was wondering if anyone knows why on many 19th century type specimen prints they are often produced in black and red ink. Often they are black typefaces with a red border or decorative elements and sometimes both black and red typefaces. Just wondering if there is a reason for this use of colors. Thanks in advance.

hrant's picture

Red is easy to manufacture (which is why barns, being very large, are red) and it looks attractive and powerful. Black-White-Red is the color triumvirate. Black is the queen.


BeauW's picture

There is a tradition of red being the second colour added to a print job going all the way back to Egyptian scribes. The choice is a sign of classical taste.

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