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Word Logos? Prefab Articles? I give up...THE and AND!

*Disclaimer: This is literally my first rodeo. Brand new member, first post ever. I admire and respect you guys already and the work that you do. I know I have a lot to learn, and that's why I'm here.

Have you ever tried to find something and realized that Google is completely useless when you have no idea what the thing is called, and not the slightest inkling of where to begin?

Well, I got lucky and stumbled upon one example today: Brothers Word Logos. But I hate to think this might be the only example out there. I'm looking for fonts that contain prefab ornamental AND's and THE's, even if the typeface is perhaps a bit kitchy.


Check out my last realise:


Introducing The Wood Type Collection from Mateusz Machalski Borutta. This is a wonderful, warm and weathered hand made set of typefaces designed by Mateusz Machalski. Inspiration for this collection comes from wooden letterpress blocks and other old technologies used for traditional printing techniques. The Wood Type Collection supports 40 different languages and contains over 6,000 glyphs. The family consists of 7 typefaces in 14 different styles, comprising of both regular and italic variations.


you can buy it on:


Early 20c Cyrillic/German wood type


I was wondering if anyone recognized this type which appeared in a Russian book (Tango with Cows) in 1914. I think it is probably wood due to its size, but also I think that probably is based on a German design for roman (all the other types in the book have roman equivalents which were manufactured [if not originally designed by] german foundries.).


LetterMpress Project Launched on Kickstarter.com



I'm new to this site so apologies if I'm posting this in the wrong area.

Some of you might be interested in a project I recently launched on Kickstarter.com called LetterMpress.

It's a virtual letterpress for the iPad. It features authentic wood type and a Vandercook proofing press. 

I've included some screen shots.

Here is the link to the project page:


Wood Type Improv Postcards - Silver on Bordeaux

This set of two woodtype improvisations, is printed in silver ink on Plike, the new sheet from Gruppo Cordenons.
The two designs are printed on the same sheet (8"x6.375"), but can be cut apart to make two 4" postcards.
(If I can find that perforating rule, I may perf them, but I don't know how well they would separate.)

These designs are printed directly with type from our original 19th century Wood Type collection, along with small icons and copperplate cuts. They are 'improvisations' made in the moment, and printed on stock off cut from other jobs.

Wood Type Valentine! Limited Edition

We're offering the last few prints of this one-off broadsheet, just in time for your Wood Type loving Valentine!
All proceeds support the Dubuque Book Arts Center at SlowPrint Letterpress!

Please see the Etsy listing

"Love is an endless mystery for it has nothing else to explain it."
quotation from "Fireflies" by Nobel Prize winning Indian Poet Rabindranath Tagore

Wood Type Specimen prints

My recent project of helping to start up a non-profit book arts center and community letterpress printshop has evolved a bit into coming up with methods of self sufficiency, One of which is via our Etsy site offering items produced on premises using our collection as raw material. We have had great feedback regarding our printing of specimen sheets from some of our wood type dating back to the mid 1800s

Pardon the sales pitch, but these DO make great gifts for typophiles!

All proceeds of sales help support the programs of the WNY Book Arts Center. Thank you.

American Wood Type: 1828-1900, book reissue now available

For those interested in 19th century wood type and decorative typefaces, a reissue is now available of Rob Roy Kelly's classic book: American Wood Type 1828-1900. The book has been out of print for about 30 years, but it is still considered the definitive work on American wood type. The reissue includes a new foreword by David Shields, Design Curator of the Rob Roy Kelly Wood Type Collection at the University of Texas at Austin, discussing the renewed interest in the subject since the mid-1990s as well as ongoing research into the history of wood type. In addition, the reissue includes the essay “Search and Research” by Rob Roy Kelly about the many years he spent pursuing wood type fonts, researching their origins, and writing and producing his book.

Hand-rendered Woodtype & Brush Calligraphy: The Wild West Meets the Middle East

An experiment in satire expressed through typographic style. This recent quote from a Muslim cleric seemed custom made for the format of a Wild West wanted poster. I based the typography on actual fonts from old posters and contemporary wood-type fonts, but rendered it in walnut ink, then added my own faux Asian-Farsee brush calligraphy. Apologies to the purists, at least the text is exact, as lifted from one of the many inexact translations available at online news sites and on the crumpled up front page of the Times at my local coffee shop.

(x) Wood type alternative / bold condensed grotesque - various suggestions {gang}

I think type ID is the right spot for this, though I set it myself with an alphabet from withoutwalls.com.

Now the client wants to see it in a real typeface. Does anyone know of any that are similar? At least in weight and height? I love this but there's just no way they'll go for it unless it's a font.

Thank you! I