Ornamental fists throughout history, as described by Paul McPharlin (1903-1948) in "Roman Numerals Typographic Leaves and Pointing Hands" (1942, The Typophiles, New York).
- Rycharde Kele (1545), publisher of John Skelton's "Colyn Cloute".
- Sixteenth-century fists were mostly outlined hands. See also Berner's specimen sheet (1592).
- The earlist fists in type specimen sheets are by Conrad Berner (1592), who showed them alongside Garamond's types. See here.
- See here for fists by Briquet (Paris, 1757), and Mein&Fleeming (Boston, 1760).
- From McPharlin: "The use of a fist pointing out a line at the end of a message, to give it parting punch, became commonplace in the job printer's formulae of 1840-1870 in America."
- Example of fists by Joseph Crawhall (1883) in a music book. See also here. Crawhall awakened many to the charm of chapbook cuts.
- In the 1890's, Will Bradley designed a set of fists in chapbook style, which were to be found at ATF.
- Fred G. Cooper used many fists to accompany his hand-lettering.
- Bruce Rogers used many fists in the 1933 Oxford University Press edition of Fables of Aesop. See also here.
Dingbats (original) ⦿
Fists, pointing hands ⦿
History of type ⦿