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Century 751

Bitstream's version of Primer (Rudolph Ruzicka, 1953), for sale here. Primer itself was Ruzicka's response to a commission from Mergenthaler Linotype to design a textbook typeface along the lines of Century Schoolbook. [Kent Lew provides two scans of Primer from 1964 and 1968.] The Bitstream fonts are well-known imitations from the early 1980s of Linotype fonts--in a public relations coup, they shipped with the early Corel software, and became a household word in the computer village. The typophiles agree that Primer is a better text typeface than Bitstream 751: The proportions are like those of Century Expanded, but in addition to being lighter, it has a larger x-height. [...] My suspicion is that Century 751 is intended for use at small sizes in newspapers or classified advertisements and the like.

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