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Typotabular Gothics

From Mac McGrew, about this metal type family by ATF, 1915: Typotabular Gothics are a group of typefaces on 6-point body specially cast to a minimum number of set widths, from two to four widths per font. Introduced by ATF in 1915. Designs include two sizes of Lightline Gothic with lowercase for one of them, one size of Monotone Gothic, and several other plain gothics, as follows:

  • No. 1-6-pt. Gothic No. 44
  • No. 2-6-pt. Lining Gothic No. 528
  • No. 3 Unidentified
  • No. 4-6-4 Lightline Gothic
  • No. 5-6-2 Lightline Title Gothic
  • No. 6-6-4 Monotone Title Gothic
  • No. 7-6-72 Copperplate Gothic Extended
  • No. 8-6-pt. Alternate Gothic No.1
The foundry explains: "These Gothic letters have been selected as representing the typefaces used on card index and blank form work, and are cast on em body, en body, and 2/3-em body, with a few exceptions. As will be appreciated by every printer, it is not possible to obtain first-class typographical results with letters cast on a uniform set, but the saving in time is so great that in many cases-and especially on low-priced blanks-it is price and not typographical excellence that secures the order." The result in most cases was a spotty appearance, as though the word or line had been irregularly letterspaced, but it served a purpose. (The specimen is simulated by careful spacing of Lightline Gothic.) Compare Quick-Set Roman.

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