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Palmer and Rey [John J. Palmer]

Typefounders and printing press in San Francisco. The Miller&Richard Type Foundry of Scotland opened a branch in San Francisco in 1878, headed by John J. Palmer. This branch was sold to Palmer and Valentine J. A. Rey in 1882. In 1884, Palmer&Rey acquired the assets of the Pacific Type Foundry. The company then merged into American Type Founders in 1892. They published New specimen book (1884, San Francisco), in which we find several original typefaces, such as the Octic series (athletic lettering, octagonal) and the very Victorian typeface Oxford.

Digitizations: In 2010, Nick Curtis created a digital version of their Courier, and called it Pony Xpress NF. Rightly So NF (2011, Nick Curtis) is a squarish typeface based on Geometric Gothic from the 1884 specimen book of Palmer and Rey---it is hard to imagine that this almost pixelish style was around at that epoch. Oxford was revived by Nick Curtis as Palmer Oxonian NF (2011). Octic was revived in 2012 by Nick Curtis as Easy Eights NF. Alto Rey NF (2014, Nick Curtis) revives an 1884 wedge serif design.

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Books on type design ⦿ Type scene in California ⦿ Athletic lettering faces ⦿ Octagonal typefaces ⦿ Foundries of the 19th century ⦿ Nick Curtis ⦿ Victorian typefaces ⦿ Courier and derived typefaces ⦿








file name: Nick Curtis Palmer Oxonian N F 2011 after Palmer Rey Oxford 1884


file name: Nick Curtis Easy Eights N F 2012 after Palmer Rey Octic 1884


file name: Nick Curtis Easy Eights N F 2012 after Palmer Rey Octic 1884b


file name: Nick Curtis Pony Express N F 2010 after Palmer Rey Courier 1885


file name: Nick Curtis Rightly So N F 2011


file name: Nick Curtis Rightly So N F 2011b


file name: Nick Curtis Alto Rey N F 2014 after Palmer Rey 1884


file name: Nick Curtis Alto Rey N F 2014 after Palmer Rey 1884b







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