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We’ve been busy since returning from the great Chicago Wayzgoose! And it’s not just the royal “we” this time: Skyline has taken on a full-time casterman, Phoenix letterpress printer and Thompson Tech VII graduate T. H. (“Type High”) Groves, who is proving himself a great asset to the cause.
Two new fonts this month: Jessen Schrift in 16pt. This is one of Rudolph Koch’s designs, released in 1930 for the Klingspor Foundry, and intended for Bible printing. It’s an unusual hybrid of romanized capitals and blackletter lowercase with several stylized alternate characters and a handcrafted look. (The name is in honor of Peter Jessen who was a major figure in the book arts of 19th century Germany.) This casting was primarily a commission job, but many other printers expressed interest, so production was scaled up. Even with a substantial amount of extra type included in the casting for stock, orders have continued to come in. In addition to full fonts, a double lowercase supplement was also produced–and is already sold out. There are a few full fonts still available, however, and these will be sold first-come, so do not hesitate.
The second new release, Post Oldstyle Roman No. 2, 18pt, is a fine example of the “rugged” typography in fashion at the turn of the 20th century. The designer was E. J. Kitson, a staff artist at The Saturday Evening Post, who created this face in 1900.
And lastly we present Border No. F-816 in 24pt. It’s a bold, attention-grabbing byzantine design for which we just got the matrices.
The following type faces have been recast, and are back in stock available for purchase once again: Della Robbia 36pt, and Trocadero 18pt.
It’s long overdue, but we finally got a new and far better web site up and running! Skyline was established in 2004, and soon there was a need for internet presence—and unable to find anyone to take that on, I slapped together an el-cheapo site myself on a do-it-yourself host. It was rudimentary but served the primary purpose of making our Specimen Book & Catalog available by download. We outgrew that site years ago, but again, I could not find a good local source to build a new one, and didn’t want to divert my energies from typefounding to deal with all the intricacies myself. This summer things finally came together and the new site happened. Many thanks to Sarah H. and Troy G. (both are Phoenix-area letterpress printers) who had what it takes to redesign the site and migrate it to a new and better host. I’ve tinkered with it myself enough now to be able to make minor revisions and post the monthly update, and there’s plenty of room for growth and enhancements. We also are tied into the various social media now. Troy took it upon himself to create a Skyline Facebook page on his own time, and we’ll be going public with that very soon. Thanks for following us!
Our new antique revival for this month is Salem in 24pt. A rather rare face, first released in 1901 by the historic Keystone Type Foundry, its intentionally quaint letterforms make it a unique and versatile novelty face.
Back in stock:
Lexington; Border No. 776 and Border No. U-8.
Skyline will be closed June 19 – July 13 for our pilgrimage to the APA Chicago Wayzgoose. This promises to be a grand event, open to all friends of letterpress printing. For full information, go to 2015wayzgoose.apa-letterpress.com
A comprehensive selection of fonts, borders, initials and Collections will be available at the Skyline sales table.
Stop by and say hello!
Want # or @? We got ’em in Collection No. 6!
New castings this month:
Borders No. F-524 and F-1057, both in 12pt
Back in Stock: Worrell Uncial
See the Type & Borders page for specimen and details.