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Goudy versus Inland

P22 reports this story about the foundry's theft of a design by Goudy: In 1900 Frederick Goudy was commissioned by W.W. Denslow to letter his edition of Mother Goose stories for the McClure, Phillips Co. of New York. (Denslow was the Illustrator of the original Wizard of Oz and also an occasional Roycroft illustrator.) The lettering that Goudy designed featured short ascenders and descenders, as well as a tall x-height. Shortly thereafter the Inland type foundry of St. Louis released a typeface that was a direct copy of Goudy's lettering. Goudy seemed to be more offended that the font was named "Hearst" after the notorious newspaper mogul, than by the fact that they copied his designs. As Goudy had put it: "To my surprise, a little later on, the Inland Type foundry of St. Louis, without consultation with me, brought out a new type copied--not inspired--from my Denslow lettering, and added insult to injury by naming it "Hearst." Goudy's reaction was to create his own type typeface for release. The result of Goudy's attempt to outdo a copy of his design evolved into the Pabst type face. Created for the Pabst Brewing Company, this type design has some similarities to Hearst, but is clearly its own unique face. The ascenders are much taller than Hearst and the x-height is reduced. The distressed edging of the letters and the caps bear a similarity, but clearly these are two distinct typefaces. Five years later in 1907, Goudy's "Powell" typeface was created for the Mandel Brother department store in Chicago. This "Powell" typeface bears a closer similarity to "Hearst."

The Hearst Roman typeface was later digitized by Dan Solo (Solotype) and by Nick Curtis in 2006 as Ragged Write NF. Alan Prescott made New Hearst Roman and Italic in 1995.

Goudy versus Inland
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History of type ⦿ Typography ⦿ David and Goliath ⦿ Dan X. Solo ⦿ Frederic William Goudy ⦿

file name: Frederic W Goudy Pabst Italic 1903

file name: A T F Pabst Oldstyle

file name: Frederic W Goudy Pabst Oldstyle 1902

file name: Frederic W Goudy Pabst Oldstyle 1902b

file name: Frederic W Goudy Pabst Oldstyle 1902c

file name: Alan Prescott New Hearst Roman 1995

file name: Nick Curtis Ragged Write N F 2006 after Inland Hearst 1904

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