History of Riccio / Grebe / Bijou / Bangle ?

idiotcountry's picture

Curious about the original metal type of (what I believe was commonly known as) Riccio ?

sample of a redraft (likely from the Solotype Victorian book where it was entitled Bijou):

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idiotcountry's picture

Well, well. The advanced search function here at Typophile is actually working. Did something recently transpire?

http://typophile.com/node/29508

"This started out as Herman Ihlenburg's (1882) typeface, Bijou. Fontbank digitized it as Bangle. Then Swfte, one of those companies who put out several "1500 Fonts for a Pittance" CDs full of ripoff clones, modified it to create the goofy font, Mexacali (yes, that spelling is correct)."

Thomas Phinney's picture

I am currently working on a revival of a couple of Ihlenburg's other typefaces, Columbus (1892) and American Italic (1902).

More info on Ihlenburg:

http://library.rit.edu/cary/collections/hermann-ihlenburg-papers
The Cary Library's collection of Ihlenburg materials includes Ihlenburg's initial sketches for many of his typefaces.

http://typophile.com/node/12164

http://www.klingspor-museum.de/KlingsporKuenstler/Schriftdesigner/Ihlenb...

HVB's picture

A bit more .. Southern Software did "Riccio", no doubt a clone of Fontbank's Bangle, with SSI and SSK labeling. Somewhere along the line, someone internally renamed the SSI/Keypro Riccio to "Bijou", leaving "RiccioDisplayScriptSSI" as the PS Font Name.

Edit... and just found this from a few months ago:
http://www.typophile.com/node/95245

idiotcountry's picture

Cool. There is a nice revival of Bijou in the works I am told. Should be interesting.

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