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Engravers Old English

Engravers Old English is a plain, sturdy rendition of the blackletter style, commonly known as Old English. It was designed in 1901 by Morris Benton and another person identified by ATF only as Cowan, but has also been ascribed to Joseph W. Phinney. Mac McGrew writes: It is a modernization of Caslon Text, and has been widely used. Engravers Old English Open was produced by ATF in 1902. Sidney Gaunt designed Engravers Old Black, very similar to Engravers Old English, for BB&S in 1910, but BB&S later produced Engravers English, a copy of Engravers Old English. It has also been copied by Intertype, and by Ludlow as Old English. Hansen's Lafayette Text (q.v.) was very similar. Engravers Old English Bold was designed by Morris Benton for ATF in 1910. The unfamiliar characters of Old English types are often misused, and the alternate forms of some letters add to the confusion. I and J are particularly subject to mix-up, because they were originally the same letter, and never developed as definite a distinction in these styles as in roman letters. In Ludlow Old English, cap I is comparable to the one in the Bold weight, but this style has not been found elsewhere in the regular weight. Curiously, in the Engravers Old English Bold specimen shown, the letters appear as the Monotype copy presents them; however, Monotype's I and J are respectively the second and first forms of I as originally designed, while the specimen here shows separately the original foundry J, which Monotype does not make, along with the alternate H. Compare Wedding Text, a similar design in lighter weight; also Cloister Black; Shaw Text; Lafayette Text.

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