19th Century Type Specimens

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Brooklyn Simmons's picture
Joined: 2 Dec 2010 - 4:48pm
19th Century Type Specimens

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 H Papazian's picture
Joined: 3 May 2000 - 11:00am

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.


Beau W's picture
Joined: 11 Nov 2008 - 9:57pm

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.