Today I was looking at the 1794 Fry and Steele specimen as research for my Fry’s Baskerville revival. The same typeface printed in 1794 is quite different from the same typeface printed in the twentieth century using the same punches. Specifically, the hairlines and serifs aren’t nearly as thin. Some of this is due to that specimen being printed on crummy paper, but I also wonder how much it has to do with changes in founding techniques. Was there enough of a difference in the creation of matrices and types between the 1780s and the twentieth century to enable Fry’s to appear much finer than was originally intended? Or am I just misreading what sparse details I’ve got about this typeface—was Stephenson Blake selling a revival based on the original punches as opposed to actually making new matrices with the original punches?