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Hamilton Holly Wood Type Co. [James Hamilton]

Founded by Edward J. Hamilton as the J. E. Hamilton Hollywood Type Company after the introduction in 1880 of Hollywood type. Located in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, this company was the successor firm to the William H. Page Wood Type Company, Morgans and Wilcox, and Vanderburgh, Wells&Company, and thus possessed most wood type in the USA in 1906. In 1906, they published a specimen book of all the wood-type designs in their possession, and, incredibly, destroyed all the original paper designs and patterns for the individual letters. This brought a heavy blow to the wood type industry. The lithograph dealt it another blow, and wood type became obsolete soon afterwards. Samples of their specimen books are starting to appear on the web. See here and here for samples of pointing hands from the 1901 catalog, and here for fists from their 1900 catalog. About their start: Just after 1880, Max Katz finances the business, and it becomes Hamilton&Katz for a few years. Katz sells out to William Baker, and the name of the firm becomes The Hamilton Co., or Hamilton&Baker. A bit later, Hamilton buys out Baker, to form the Hamilton Manufacturing Company. And then the takeovers start in earnest: in 1891, they buy the William H. Page Wood Type Company, then in 1898 Heber Wells, in 1899 Morgans and Wilcox Mfg Co., and in 1918 Tubbs Mfg Co. Amazingly, the company lasted until 1985, and enjoyed the lion share of the wood type business in the 20th century.

Hamilton Wood Type Catalog #14 (1899) can now be viewed on-line. Ross Connard's PDF file of that same catalog. Scans from the 1899 catalog: Fist, Page 27, Page 30, Page 35, Page 36, Page 39, Page 65, Page 66, Page 68, DeVinne Condensed, Devinne Double Extra Condensed, Jenson Old Style, Bradley, The Inland, Page 106.

Additional typefaces: Ben Franklin (1895, distressed edge font---other fonts in that style include Plymouth, Pabst and Blanchard), Bradley (1900, based on an ATF typeface by Will Bradley), Old Style (1900, after William Caslon IV's Caslon, ca. 1816), Cheltenham (1891, 1900), Cheltenham Black Expanded (1900), Clarendon Condensed (1899, after the original by Bill Stark & Co., 1853), Cooper Black (ca. 1900). DeVinne Condensed (1895), French Clarendon (1890), Antique No7 (1889), Antique Tuscan (1881, after Wells&Webb, 1854), Etruscan No4 (1895).

A note on digitizations of the collection. There are two main sources, one commercial, and one free. The commercial revival project of Richard Kegler / P22 is called HWT, or Hamilton Wood Type. The free font project is by Dick Pape, who dogitized many of Hamilton's typefaces in his American Wood Type collection. Download page for Dick Pape's fonts.

In 2017, Jeff Levine published Wood Sans Narrow JNL, which is also based on Hamilton Wood Type.

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INTERNAL LINKS
Wood Type ⦿ Fists, pointing hands ⦿ Type scene in Wisconsin ⦿ Caslon ⦿ Cheltenham ⦿ Cooper Black ⦿ Dick Pape's typefaces ⦿ Clarendon ⦿








file name: Hamilton Wood Type Page35 Minnesota Suckers 1899


file name: Hamilton Wood Type Fist 1899


file name: Hamilton Wood Type Page27 1899


file name: Hamilton Wood Type Page30 1899


file name: Hamilton Wood Type Page35 Minnesota Suckers 1899


file name: Hamilton Wood Type Page36 1899


file name: Hamilton Wood Type Page39 N Y Exhibition 1899


file name: Hamilton Wood Type Page65 1899


file name: Hamilton Wood Type Page66 Mathematics 1899


file name: Hamilton Wood Type Page68 Rocking R I 1899


file name: Hamilton Wood Type Page80 De Vinne Condensed 1899


file name: Hamilton Wood Type Page82 De Vinne Double Extra Condensed 1899


file name: Hamilton Wood Type Page84 Jenson Old Style 1899


file name: Hamilton Wood Type Page86 Bradley After Will H Bradley A T F 1899


file name: Hamilton Wood Type Page888 The Inland 1899


file name: Hamilton Wood Type Page106 1899


file name: Hamilton Wood Type Fists 1901


file name: Hamilton Antique No7 1889


file name: Hamilton Antique Tuscan 1881 after Wells Webb 1854


file name: Hamilton Ben Franklin 1895


file name: Hamilton Bradley 1900 after William Bradley A T F Bradley


file name: Hamilton Cheltenham 1891


file name: Hamilton Cheltenham 1900


file name: Hamilton Cheltenham Black Expanded 1900


file name: Hamilton Clarendon Condensed 1899 after Bill Stark 1853


file name: Hamilton Cooper Black 1900


file name: Hamilton De Vinne Condensed 1895


file name: Hamilton Etruscan No4 1895


file name: Hamilton French Clarendon No3 1870


file name: Hamilton French Clarendon 1890


file name: Hamilton French Clarendon X X X Condensed 1900


file name: Hamilton Futura Bold Later Name 1900


file name: Hamilton Gothic Black 1900 after Leavenworth 1837


file name: Hamilton Gothic Bold 1888


file name: Hamilton Gothic Bold Condensed 1900


file name: Hamilton Gothic Futura 1900


file name: Hamilton Gothic Open Condensed 1890


file name: Hamilton Gothic Tuscan Pointed 1889 after William Page


file name: Hamilton Gothic X X X Condensed 1900


file name: Hamilton Initial Letter No1 1900 after William Page 1888


file name: Hamilton Initial Letter No2 1900


file name: Hamilton Ionian No7 1900 after William Page 1888


file name: Hamilton Latin Extended 1888


file name: Hamilton Modified Gothic 1900 after Tubbs Co Hamilton No647


file name: Hamilton Modified Gothic X X Condensed 1900 after Tubbs Co Hamilton No648


file name: Hamilton No202 1889


file name: Hamilton Old Style 1900 after William Caslon I V 1816


file name: Hamilton Poster Clarendon 1888


file name: Hamilton Poster Gothic Condensed 1900


file name: Hamilton Romantic 1900


file name: Hamilton Teniers Unique No237 1888 after Heber Wells No165


file name: Hamilton The Inland 1899


file name: Hamilton Windsor 1905 after Eleisha Pechey Stephenson Blake 1905


file name: Dick Pape A W T Hamilton Ant Tuscan Ext 2013


file name: Dick Pape A W T Hamilton Antique Ext 2013


file name: Dick Pape A W T Hamilton Ben Franklin 2013


file name: Dick Pape A W T Hamilton Caslon 2013


file name: Dick Pape A W T Hamilton Caslon 2013b


file name: Dick Pape A W T Hamilton Clarendon Extended 2013


file name: Dick Pape A W T Hamilton Clarendon No2 2013


file name: Dick Pape A W T Hamilton De Vinne 2013


file name: Dick Pape A W T Hamilton De Vinne 2013b


file name: Dick Pape A W T Hamilton De Vinne 2013c


file name: Dick Pape A W T Hamilton Gothic Extended 2013


file name: Dick Pape A W T Hamilton Gothic Light 2013


file name: Dick Pape A W T Hamilton Gothic Light 2013b


file name: Dick Pape A W T Hamilton Gothic Special 2013


file name: Dick Pape A W T Hamilton Jenson Old Style 2013


file name: Dick Pape A W T Hamilton Jenson Old Style 2013b


file name: Dick Pape A W T Hamilton Latin Extended 2013


file name: Dick Pape A W T Hamilton Trenton 2013


file name: Dick Pape A W T Hamilton Tuscan Egyptian 2013


file name: Dick Pape A W T Hamilton Unique 2013







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