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William H. Page Wood Type Company [William Hamilton Page]

Norwich, CT-based company involved in wood type production. In 1856, William Page (b. Tilton, NH, 1829, d. Mystic, CT, 1906) bought out Horatio and Jeremiah Bill and founded Page and Bassett in South Windham, CT, with his partner James Bassett. In 1857, they moved to Greenville, CT. Some time later Samuel Mowry replaced Bassett as partner, and the company is Page and Co of Greenville, CT. Another name change occurs, to William H. Page&Co. In 1869, Page buys the operation of Colley&Dauchy. Mowry retires a bit later, the company moves to Norwich, CT, and becomes the William H. Page Wood Type Company. A year later, a defection of sorts---Charles Tubbs (an employee since 1860), John Martin and George Keyes leave to set up the American Wood Type Co. In 1881, George Setchell joins the business, and Page and setchell patent the die-cut production method. In 1889, Setchell sells all interests to S.T. Dauchy, who becomes president, only to sell the entire company to Hamilton in 1891. During the Civil War, Page perfected his equipment and became the leading manufacturer of wood type. In 1874, the company published a specimen book of so-called chromatic (wood) type. Henry Lewis Bullen described it this way: This is the most notable of wood type specimens. Page outshone all competitors in imparting a degree of artistry in designing wood type and borders, most of which could be printed in several colors . . . . [It is] a work of unusual excellence, well worth preserving. In 1891, Page's firm was absorbed by the Hamilton Manufacturing Company of Two Rivers, WI.

Many of his wood types were digitized by Jordan Davies of Wooden Type. Page's fonts include Aetna, Antique No. 4 (revived as HWT Slab in 2013 by Hamilton Wood Type Foundry), Antique Tuscan No 9 (revived by Tom Wallace in 2006), Bindweed (revived by Solotype), Clarendon Condensed, Clarendon Condensed Bold, Clarendon Extended, Clarendon Heavy, Concave Tuscan X, EgyptianTwo (2005), French Antique, French Clarendon (XXX Condensed No. 117), French Semi, Gilbey, Gothic Tuscan Round, Hamilton, Minnesota, Norwich Aldine ML (1872, digitized by Tom Wallace in 2010 under the same name), Number 154, Page No. 508, Peerless 131 Bold, Rigney, Skeleton Antique, Teutonic, Tuscan Italian Round, Unique Wood, William Page 500, William Page 506.

In 2013, John Bonadies (MPress Interactive) started making digital typefaces based on Page's models. They published MPI Aldine Extended (based on a 1872 wood type by William H. Page), MPI Antique (slab serif), MPI French Clarendon (based on wood type from 1865 by William H. Page), MPI French Antique (a typical far West saloon font based on wood type by William H. Page, 1869), MPI Egyptian Ornamented (a western typeface based on a 1870 wood type by William H. Page), MPI Arcadian (based on a 1870 design by William H. Page), MPI Tuscan Extra Condensed (based on William H. Page wood type from 1872), MPI Norwich Aldine Reversed (from a 1872 original).

Also in 2013, Dick Pape embarked on a large process of digitization of wood types at the Rob Roy Collection of the University of Texas. His digital fonts are free and are bundled under the label American Wood Type, or AWT. Revivals by Dick Pape of fonts due to William Page include AWTPage&SetchellNo154, AWTPage-SetchellNo515, AWTPageAldine, AWTPageAldineExpanded, AWTPageAldineOrnamented, AWTPageAntTuscanCond, AWTPageAntTuscanOutlined, AWTPageAntiqueBlack, AWTPageAntiqueCond, AWTPageAntiqueNo7, AWTPageAntiqueTuscan, AWTPageAntiqueTuscanNo1, AWTPageAntiqueTuscanNo8, AWTPageAntiqueXXCond, AWTPageAntiqueXXXCond, AWTPageBelgianCond, AWTPageBeveledNo142, AWTPageCelticOrnamented, AWTPageClarendonExtended, AWTPageClarendonNo1, AWTPageClarendonXXCondensed, AWTPageColumbian, AWTPageConcaveTuscanXCond, AWTPageConcaveTuscanXCondOutline, AWTPageCorinthianNo2, AWTPageEgyptian, AWTPageEgyptianOrnamented, AWTPageFrenchAntique, AWTPageFrenchClarendonCond, AWTPageFrenchClarendonXXX, AWTPageFullFacedGrecian, AWTPageGothicLightFace, AWTPageGothicTuscanNo1, AWTPageGothicTuscanPointed, AWTPageIonic, AWTPageIonicCondensed, AWTPageNo500, AWTPageNo501, AWTPageNo506, AWTPageNo508, AWTPageNo51, AWTPageNo510, AWTPageNo515, AWTPageNorwichAldine, AWTPageOrnamentedAldine, AWTPagePeerlessAntNo129, AWTPagePeerlessCondOldStyl, AWTPagePhanitalianNo132, AWTPageRomanAetna, AWTPageRunic, AWTPageSkeletonAntique, AWTPageTeutonic, AWTPageTuscanCondNo2.

Revivals by Nick Curtis: Page Five Fifteen NF (2015), Rockwall NF (2015, after Aldine and Aldine Extended), Hunky Dory NF (2014, a circus font after William H. Page's wood type Doric, ca. 1850), Sodbuster NF (2014, after Gothic Dotted), Tuscalooza NF (2014, after the 1872 typeface Tuscan Extended), Bandiera Del Legno NF (2014: this Tuscan wood type revives Gothic Tuscan Condensed Reversed), Belgique NF (2014: a revival of the (Western) wood type French Clarendon XXX Condensed No. 117), Skelett Antiken NF (2014, after Clarendon XX, 1959).

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file name: William Page French Clarendon X X X Condensed No117 1879


file name: Nick Curtis Belgique N F 2014 after William H Page French Clarendon X X X Condensed No117


file name: Tom Wallace Page No508 2006 after W H Page


file name: Richard Kegler H W T Slab 2013


file name: Richard Kegler H W T Slab 2013b


file name: Richard Kegler H W T Slab Columbian 2013 after Wm Page Antique No4


file name: Jordan Davies Clarendon Extended 2005 after W H Page 1887


file name: Jordan Davies Egyptian Two 2005 after W H Page 1887


file name: Jordan Davies Number154 Extra Bold 2006 after W H Page 1887


file name: Jordan Davies Peerless131 Bold 2012 after William Hamilton Page


file name: Nick Curtis Bandiera Del Legno N F 2014 after William H Page Gothic Tuscan Condensed Reversed


file name: Nick Curtis Bandiera Del Legno N F 2014 after William H Page Gothic Tuscan Condensed Reversedb


file name: William Page Columbian 1870


file name: Nick Curtis Skelett Antiken N F 2014 after William Page Clarendon X X 1859


file name: Nick Curtis Skelett Antiken N F 2014 after William Page Clarendon X X 1859b


file name: Nick Curtis Sodbuster N F 2014 after D William H Page Gothic Dotted


file name: Nick Curtis Tuscalooza N F 2014 after D William H Page Tuscan Extended 1872


file name: Nick Curtis Page Five Fifteen N F 2015 after William H Page


file name: William Page Arabian No1 1872 Similar to Vandenburgh Wells Alaskan


file name: William Page Celtic No2 1870


file name: William Page Clarendon Extended 1859


file name: William Page Concave Tuscan Condensed 1865


file name: William Page Antique Light Condensed 1865


file name: William Hamilton Antique Tuscan No8 1859


file name: William Page Antique Tuscan No11 1859


file name: Tom Wallace Antique Tuscan No9 2006 180401


file name: Tom Wallace Antique Tuscan No9 2006 240959


file name: William Page Antique X X Condensed 1859


file name: William Page Arcadian No1 1872


file name: William Page Doric 1850


file name: Nicks Fonts Hunky Dory N F 2014 after William H Page Doric 1850


file name: William Page Egyptian 1872


file name: William Page Ephesian 1890


file name: Nick Curtis Page Ephesian N F 2014 after William H Page 1890


file name: Nick Curtis Page Etruscan No5 N F 2014 after William H Page


file name: William Page Etruscan No5 1872


file name: William Page French Antique X X Condensed 1869


file name: William Page French Clarendon 1888


file name: William Page French Clarendon Ornamented 1872


file name: William Page German Condensed 1870


file name: William Page Gothic Tuscan No3 1859


file name: William Page Ionic Condensed 1865


file name: William Page Mansard No121 1888 Hamilton No167


file name: William Page Mansard Ornamented No122 1879


file name: William Page Martonian 1878


file name: William Page Norwich Aldine 1872


file name: William Page Old Style 1888 after William Caslon Caslon 1816


file name: William Page Wells Painters Roman No110 1870


file name: Nicks Fonts Painters Roman N F 2014 after Vanderburg Wells Painters Roman 1878


file name: William Page Renaissance No1 1879


file name: William Page Streamer No19 1870


file name: William Page Streamer No1 Tuscan Condensed Positive 1870


file name: William Page Tudor Black 1859


file name: William Page Tuscan Extended 1872


file name: William Page Unique 1870


file name: Mpress Interactive M P I Aldine Extended 2013 based on William H Page 1873


file name: Mpress Interactive M P I Aldine Extended 2013 based on William H Page 1873b


file name: Mpress Interactive M P I Aldine Extended 2013 based on William H Page 1873c


file name: Mpress Interactive M P I Arcadian 2013 based on William H Page 1870


file name: Mpress Interactive M P I Egyptian Ornamented 2013 based on William H Page 1870


file name: Mpress Interactive M P I Egyptian Ornamented 2013 based on William H Page 1870b


file name: Mpress Interactive M P I Egyptian Ornamented 2013 based on William H Page 1870c


file name: Mpress Interactive M P I French Antique 2013 based on William H Page 1869


file name: Mpress Interactive M P I French Antique 2013 based on William H Page 1869b


file name: Mpress Interactive M P I French Antique 2013 based on William H Page 1869c


file name: Mpress Interactive M P I French Clarendon 2013 based on William H Page 1865


file name: Mpress Interactive M P I Tuscan Extra Condensed 2013 based on William H Page 1872


file name: Mpress Interactive M P I Tuscan Extra Condensed 2013 based on William H Page 1872b


file name: Dick Pape A W T Page Aldine 2013 after William H Page 1870


file name: Dick Pape A W T Page Aldine Expanded 2013 after William H Page 1872


file name: Dick Pape A W T Page Ant Tuscan Cond 2013 after William H Page 1854


file name: Dick Pape A W T Page Ant Tuscan Outlined 2013 after William H Page 1859


file name: Dick Pape A W T Page Antique Black 2013 after William H Page after Darius Wells 1828


file name: Dick Pape A W T Page Antique Black 2013 after William H Page after Darius Wells 1828c


file name: Dick Pape A W T Page Antique Cond 2013 after William H Page after Darius Wells after George Nesbitt 1838


file name: Dick Pape A W T Page Antique No7 2013 after William H Page 1870 cut by Hamilton 1889


file name: Dick Pape A W T Page Antique Tuscan 2013 after William H Page 1859


file name: Dick Pape A W T Page Antique Tuscan No1 2013 after William H Page 1859


file name: Dick Pape A W T Page Antique X X Cond 2013 after William H Page 1859


file name: Dick Pape A W T Page Antique X X X Cond 2013 after William H Page 1859


file name: Dick Pape A W T Page Belgian Cond 2013 after William H Page 1870


file name: Dick Pape A W T Page Belgian Cond 2013 after William H Page 1870b


file name: Dick Pape A W T Page Beveled No142 2013 after William H Page 1882


file name: Dick Pape A W T Page Clarendon Extended 2013 after William H Page 1859


file name: Dick Pape A W T Page Clarendon No1 2013 after William H Page 1867


file name: Dick Pape A W T Page Clarendon No1 2013 after William H Page 1867b


file name: Dick Pape A W T Page Clarendon X X Condensed 2013 after William H Page 1859


file name: Dick Pape A W T Page Clarendon X X Condensed 2013 after William H Page 1859b


file name: Dick Pape A W T Page Columbian 2013 after William H Page 1870


file name: Dick Pape A W T Page Columbian 2013 after William H Page 1870b


file name: Dick Pape A W T Page Concave Tuscan X Cond 2013 after William H Page 1865


file name: Dick Pape A W T Page Egyptian 2013 after William H Page 1870


file name: Dick Pape A W T Page Egyptian Ornamented 2013 after William H Page 1870


file name: Dick Pape A W T Page French Antique 2013 after William H Page 1869


file name: Dick Pape A W T Page French Antique 2013 after William H Page 1869b


file name: Dick Pape A W T Page Setchell No154 2013 after William H Page 1887


file name: Dick Pape A W T Page Setchell No515 2013 after William H Page 1887


file name: Dick Pape A W T Page French Clarendon Cond 2013 after William H Page 1865


file name: Dick Pape A W T Page French Clarendon Cond 2013 after William H Page 1865b


file name: Dick Pape A W T Page French Clarendon X X X 2013 after William H Page 1879


file name: Dick Pape A W T Page Full Faced Grecian 2013 after William H Page 1859


file name: Dick Pape A W T Page Gothic Light Face 2013 after William H Page 1879


file name: Dick Pape A W T Page Gothic Tuscan No1 2013 after William H Page 1859


file name: Dick Pape A W T Page Ionic 2013 after William H Page 1859


file name: Dick Pape A W T Page Ionic Condensed 2013 after William H Page 1865


file name: Dick Pape A W T Page No500 2013 after William H Page 1887


file name: Dick Pape A W T Page No506 2013 after William H Page 1887


file name: Dick Pape A W T Page No508 2013 after William H Page 1887


file name: Dick Pape A W T Page No51 2013 after William H Page 1878 Mansard Heber Wells


file name: Dick Pape A W T Page No510 2013 after William H Page 1879


file name: Dick Pape A W T Page Norwich Aldine 2013 after William H Page 1872


file name: Nick Curtis Rockwall Expanded N F 2015 after William H Page Aldine Expanded 1872


file name: Nick Curtis Rockwall N F 2015 after William H Page Aldine 1870


file name: Dick Pape A W T Page Peerless Ant No129 2013 after William H Page 1879


file name: Dick Pape A W T Page Peerless Cond Old Style No131 2013 after William H Page 1879


file name: Dick Pape A W T Page Phanitalian No132 2013 after William H Page 1879


file name: Dick Pape A W T Page Roman Aetna 2013 after William H Page 1870 Painters Roman Heber Wells Doric Morgans Wilcox


file name: Dick Pape A W T Page Roman Aetna 2013 after William H Page 1870 Painters Roman Heber Wells Doric Morgans Wilcox


file name: Dick Pape A W T Page Roman Aetna 2013 after William H Page 1870 Painters Roman Heber Wells Doric Morgans Wilcox


file name: Dick Pape A W T Page Runic 2013 after William H Page 1859


file name: Dick Pape A W T Page Skeleton Antique 2013 after William H Page 1865


file name: Dick Pape A W T Page Skeleton Antique 2013 after William H Page 1865b


file name: Dick Pape A W T Page Teutonic 2013 after William H Page 1872


file name: Dick Pape A W T Page Tuscan Cond No2 2013 after William H Page 1879







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