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totallylucid's picture
Joined: 5 Nov 2008 - 8:53am

Hi I am doing a large high profile signage project using Annlie. Can anybody point me to anything well known where it has been used. I have to do a presentation about it. Also does anybody know anything other than whats on the linotype site about its creator Fred Lambert? Any interesting stuff at all on Annlie would be gratefully recieved.

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Joined: 27 Mar 2013 - 2:16pm

Hi, I came across this site whilst googling 'Fred Lambert' to accompany my entry on Friends Reunited. Fred was a Typo teacher at the London School of Printing and Graphic Art at Back Hill in Clerkenwell when I was a student there in the 1950's.
He designed Compacta to be used as a bold face in a narrow area. When I used it via Letraset you had to lift it of the sheet onto a screen by wetting it and then transfer it to the design. Fred was English and lived in west London I believe. The last time I saw him was in Heneky's pub in Old Brompton Road in West London in 1968 when he insisted on buying my wife and myself a 'wedding breakfast' as we had recently married. Heneky's was a favourite watering hole for the upcoming design and art fraternity then, (and I think still is), and many now famous names passed through it's doors. Fred was a really nice guy and was very patient with all of our laboured attempts at hand lettering. He tended to smoke a lot and always wore a corduroy jacket.
Harry Beck the designer of the modern London Underground map, and Tom Eckersley the poster designer also taught there at that time.