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Fists

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.

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