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Lanston Type Co [Gerald Giampa]

The Lanston Type Co was based in PEI, Canada, moved in 2002 to Vancouver, and moved later that year to Espoo, Finland. In 2004, Lanston was sold to P22. It has classic and wonderful offerings such as Albertan, Bodoni, Caslon, Deepdene (Frederic Goudy, 1929-1934; see D690 Roman on the SoftMaker MegaFont XXL CD, or URW Deepdene, or Barry Schwartz's Linden Hill (a free font)), Goudy Oldstyle, Jacobean Initials, Kennerly, Kaatskill, Water Garden and Jefferson Gothic. Owned by Gerald Giampa (b. 1950, d. Vancouver, 2009), who wrote me this: Frederic Goudy worked for us for 29 years. We manufactured Monotype casters and keyboards. The English sister company sold casters to England and the Commonwealth and we sold to the Americas and wherever else practical. Tolbert Lanston, our founder, was the inventor of Monotype. We still sell matrices and were punching them until several years ago. Soon we expect to have the equipment moved and operational once again. We are placing it into America's largest printing museum which is in Andover close to Boston. However there is a possibility that it will end up in Hull Québec. Our previous type director was Jim Rimmer of Vancouver, noted type designer. He designs, cuts and cast type in lead. Our typeface Albertan was designed by Jim and is very successful. John Hudson and Ross Mills of Tiro were directly inspired by our facilities in Vancouver. I encouraged them towards type design. The beautiful Bodoni 26 (unicase) can be bought at FontShop. Atlantic 35 (1909-1935) is a modern family first used by the Atlantic Monthly in 1909.

The fonts: Albertan No. 977, Albertan Bold No. 978, Albertan Title No. 980,&Inline No. 979, Bodoni No. 175, Bodoni Bold No. 2175, Bodoni 26 (a Lanston unicase based on an interpretation by Sol Hess), No. 175, Caslon Old Style No. 337, Caslon Bold No's 637,&537, Deepdene No. 315, Figures Square No. 132, Flash No. 373, Fleurons C, Fleurons Granjon Folio, Fleurons Folio One, Forum No. 274, Francis No. 982, Garamont No. 248, Globe Gothic No's 240,&239,&230, Goudy Initials No. 296, Goudy Old Style No. 394, Goudy Thirty No. 392, Goudy Village (#2) No. 410, Hadriano Stone-Cut No. 409, Hadriano Title No. 309, Jacobean Initials, Jefferson Gothic No. 227, Jenson Old Style No. 508, Kaatskill No. 976, Kaufmann (Lanston Swing Bold) No. 217, Kennerley Old Style No. 268, Metropolitan No. 369, Obelisk No. 2577, Pabst Old Style No. 45, Pabst Old Style Open, Spire No. 377, 20th Century No. 605, Vine Leaves C, Vine Leaves Folio One, Vine Leaves Folio Two, Water Garden Ornaments. P22 writes this about Lanston: In the late 1800s, Tolbert Lanston licensed his technology to an English sister company and became a major international force. Lanston grew rapidly with America's pre-eminent type designer, Frederic Goudy, holding the position of art director from 1920-1947. The Philadelphia-based Lanston Monotype eventually parted ways with its English counterpart. English Monotype became simply known as Monotype from that time forth. Lanston was acquired by American Type Founders in 1969. After a series of other owners, the company found its way to master printer Gerald Giampa, who moved it to Prince Edward Island in 1988. During its time of transition, Lanston continued supplying the American market for monotype casters until January 21, 2000, when the hot-metal component of Lanston was tragically destroyed by a tidal wave. Giampa was one of the earliest developers of PostScript fonts. After the loss, he focused on digitization to an even greater extent. Under his stewardship, Lanston's classic typefaces were digitized in a style that was true to the sources, which are the brass and lead patterns from which the metal type was made. The past few years have seen Giampa and Lanston travel from Canada to Finland, and back again. Now, Lanston has completed another journey back to the United States to come under the care of a new steward: P22. Giampa is answering the call of the sea. He has traded his type founder's hat for that of a ship's captain to sail the northern Pacific coast. During his shore leaves, Giampa will act as typographic consultant to Lanston-P22. The P22 Lanston collection (2005-2006) was designed wih the help of people such as Paul Hunt and Colin Kahn. It includes these typefaces:

Fonts can be purchased from MyFonts where all fonts have the prefix LTC. Obituary of Giampa and links to obituaries.

Catalog of the Lanston typeface library. View the typefaces designed by Lanston. A more extensive page of Lanston Monotype typefaces.

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file name: Gerald Giampa Car


file name: P22 Lanston Catalog


file name: Sol Hess L T C Twentieth Century Medium


file name: Sol Hess L T C Twentieth Century Medium


file name: Sol Hess Twentieth Century 1959b


file name: Sol Hess Twentieth Century 1959c


file name: Sol Hess Twentieth Century 1959d


file name: Sol Hess Twentieth Century Medium 1959 Sol Hess Twentieth Century Semi Medium 1959b


file name: Sol Hess Twentieth Century Semi Medium 1959


file name: P22 L T C Jenson Heavyface after Joseph W Phinney 1899


file name: P22 L T C Jenson Regular after Joseph W Phinney 1899


file name: Paul Hunt James Grieshaber L T C Italian Old Style Pro 2007 2011 after Frederic Goudy Italian Old Style 1924


file name: Paul Hunt James Grieshaber L T C Italian Old Style Pro 2007 2011 after Frederic Goudy Italian Old Style 1924b


file name: Paul Hunt James Grieshaber L T C Italian Old Style Pro 2007 2011 after Frederic Goudy Italian Old Style 1924c


file name: Paul Hunt James Grieshaber L T C Italian Old Style Pro 2007 2011 after Frederic Goudy Italian Old Style 1924d


file name: Frederic Goudy Kaatskill


file name: Lanston L T C Nicolas Cochin


file name: Lanston L T C Nicolas Cochin


file name: Lanston L T C C Loister Light Swash


file name: Lanston L T C Cloister Bold


file name: Lanston L T C Cloister Light


file name: Lanston L T C Cloister Oldstyle


file name: Lanston L T C Cloister Swash


file name: Lanston L T C Fournier Le Jeune


file name: Lanston L T C Law Italic


file name: Lanston L T C Law Italic


file name: Lanston L T C Creepy Ornaments 2006


file name: Lanston L T C Creepy Ornaments 2006b


file name: Lanston Type Company L T C Globe Gothic 2005 123207


file name: Richard Kegler Miranda Roth L T C Archive Ornaments 2014


file name: Frederic W Goudy L T C Goudy Initials


file name: Lanston L T C Ornamental Initials


file name: L T C Goudy Text Catalog


file name: L T C Goudy Text Lombardic Caps 2005 after Goudy 1928


file name: Lanston L T C Goudy Thirty


file name: Lanston L T C Goudy Thirty Alternate







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