Skyline is closed while we’re on the road to the St. Louis Wayzgoose, and hauling in a couple of truckloads of type metal after that. Orders and emails sent during this time will be attended to promptly when we reopen. Meanwhile, several worthy casting projects are well underway, and we’ll have news when our regular first-of-the-month announcements resume on August 1.
And this just in from David Wakefield (great info, thanks David!):
Border U-14 is from the original 3-piece (Rose) ‘Flower’ No 6, engraved in the Double Pica size at the Fry Foundry in Bristol during the latter half of the eighteenth century. It descended through several acquisitions to Stephenson Blake where eventually, in 1922, it was revived as unit No 502 in a collection entitled ‘Eighteenth Century Flowers & Borderings’ made up mostly from their inherited matrices. It survived into the 70s as Miscellaneous Border 326/502.
Border No. U-14 has been found by Steve Saxe in the 1934 Stephenson Blake specimen. It’s in a section titled “Eighteenth Century Flowers & Borderings” and is designated No. 502. Thanks, Steve.
Many customers have told us over the years that they would like to be notified of all new Skyline castings. We haven’t had a mailing list as such up to now, but our new web site now has that capability. Just click on the Subscribe button to the right, and you’ll get an automatic email whenever we post something new.
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!