We’re trying to get back in the groove of offering a new antique revival face every month. Say hello to Jim Crow, in 30 point! This face first appeared in 1850 as Dickinson Type Foundry’s ‘Gothic Shade’. It’s one of several antiques presented in revival castings by American Type Founders in the 20th century, and thus is fairly well known. Charles Broad at Typefounders of Phoenix also cast it in the 1960s and this type is from his matrices, with 30 point being the largest of the three sizes he offered.
Back in stock: Sans Serif Light in 36 point, complete with the full set of Deco Alternates. Happy Ground Hog Day to everyone.
The Letterpress Revival continues with unabated enthusiasm, and demand for metal type remains strong. Looking back on 2017 the records show that we cast 7,981 pounds of type in the calendar year. Although that figure is somewhat below 2016, it’s about the same as 2015 and well in excess of every year prior to that. And there are two good reasons why production was down from last year: first, Skyline bought some property in a nearby industrial park and we spent much of the summer preparing it for use as offsite warehouse and workshop space. We’re out of room here at headquarters! The second reason is the major redesign of the Skyline web site. This was done in-house, and like everything, ended up being a much bigger job than we anticipated. The new site went live on November 20 and performed well from the start. Our work is paying off—the number of orders that came in for the month of December on the new site was more than double the monthly average on the old one!
Production is now back to normal and we have two new items to release this month. Collection No. 47 is the last and final set of 12 point em-body decorative elements cast from matrices acquired from a defunct foundry in India.
Border No. 1, also 12 point, is a delicate two-element Grecian pattern.
These and all our other Fonts, Borders, Collections and Initials can be viewed and impulsively purchased here on skylinetype.com, and we invite you to do so. Did you know that you can receive our monthly news bulletins automatically on the first of every month? Just scroll to the foot of any page and enter your address in the Subscribe box.
Best wishes to all for a typographically exciting New Year!
Last Monday we held our ears, pulled the trigger, and the promised new Skyline web site went live! It was a long and complicated task, and we did it in-house. It’s a state-of-the-art setup with a Wishlist, a Cart, instant online ordering and payment by credit card or PayPal, and it’s adaptable to every personal electronic device known to man. It will save your contact information and recognize you when you Log In. With the launch of this new system, Skyline will now absorb the credit card or PayPal transaction fee, and no longer add it to your order as a surcharge. And for the convenience of our international customers, the Cart automatically calculates and displays the total weight of your order. This represents a big leap forward for a business that’s a hundred years behind the times! There will be fine-tuning as we go forward, but orders are already being processed and shipped through the new site. You are invited to explore it, try it out, and send us any feedback or suggestions.
Meanwhile, back at the Foundry, the casters are still spitting out shiny new type. New for this month are Border No. 1313 in 12 point (an eye-catchy black-and-white geometric design) and Collection No. 46, yet more of those lovely and diverse 12 point em-body decorative ornaments from India.
Back in stock: Della Robbia 30 point and the neat little laurel design, Border No. 1329. Happy Winter Solstice to all and we’ll be back with more treasures for you on New Years Day.