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Ionic (newspaper) typefaces [Uli Stiehl]

In these two PDF files (in German, dated 2009), Uli Stiehl compares various Ionic typefaces---these are types often used in newspapers. The Ionic typefaces date from ca. 1850 and were designed for small point sizes like 8pt. The pater familias of the Ionic typefaces Ionic no. 5 (for Bitstream, it is News 701 BT). Other names and versions include Aurora BT (also called News 706 BT) based on Jackson Burke's original metal font Aurora, Imperial BT, Corona LT, News 705 BT (which is Bitstream's Corona), Nimrod MT, Clarion MT. Monotype's Ionic MT is, according to Stiehl, too spindly and useless at small point sizes. The comparisons also cover typefaces further afield, such as Concorde BT, Bembo, Century Schoolbook URW, Bembo Book MT, Utopia PS Adobe, Plantin MT, Vectora LT, Textype (or Century 731 BT), Excelsior LT. He has a scan of a Mergenthaler Linotype catalog from 1950 which advertises Ionic No 5 in sizes from 5 to 12pt.

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file name: Ionic M T Bold


file name: Adrian Frutiger Ionic M T 1957 after Vincent Figgins


file name: Adrian Frutiger Monotype Ionic 1957 after Vincent Figgins


file name: Adrian Frutiger Monotype Ionic Bold 1957 after Vincent Figgins


file name: Adrian Frutiger Monotype Ionic Pro 1957


file name: Adrian Frutiger Monotype Ionic Pro 1957b


file name: Bitstream Dutch809 Bold 1990 after G G Lange Concorde 1969


file name: Bitstream News701 Bold


file name: Bitstream News705 Roman


file name: Chauncey H Griffith Corona Boldface No2 1941


file name: Robin Nicholas Bembo Book 2005 Poster by Stephen Coles 2013


file name: Chauncey H Griffith Excelsior Bold 1931 Linotype version


file name: Chauncey H Griffith Excelsior Pro Insertio 1931 Linotype version


file name: Dan X Solo French Ionic after 1870 original


file name: Ionic No5 Mergenthaler Linotype1950


file name: Jackson Burke Bitstream News706







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