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jamie newland's picture
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Joined: 29 Oct 2004 - 10:41am
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I’m new to typography and I’d really like to get my hands on some metal typefaces play around and get my hands dirty, I’ve searched the net and so far all I found was some 6pt Helvetica on e-bay.

Does anybody know of anywhere in London that I can buy some faces either 2nd hand or new???

Hrant H Papazian's picture
Joined: 3 May 2000 - 11:00am
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> 6pt Helvetica

I think my tea will shortly be coming out backwards…

There’s always some type on eBay, but:
1) The keywords vary, especially among people who are selling stuff they don’t understand. Some people for example use the term “hot stamping” to mean lead type.  :-/
2) Be careful of crappy ones. Like there’s this guy who sells them heaped in plastic bags…

Here’s something decent:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=46735&item=3849892871&rd=1&ssPageName=WDVW

Also: besides avoiding Helvetica outright, I would recommend staying away from very small sizes. Not because they’re useless, but because they might sap your passion for typesetting. I know I personally hate fidgeting with the really small stuff.

hhp