December 14, 2002

Carl S. Junge


Carl S. Junge was a bookplate artist who lived in Chicago and made beautiful art deco book illustrations, posters and designs in the 1930s. Just check this gorgeous William Morris poster to be convinced. Barnhart Brothers & Spindler, the main Chicago-based foundry of that era, dedicates quite a few pages to Junge in its 1931 specimen book entitled "Type faces : border designs, typecast ornaments, brass rule : selective specimens of preferred matter". This is the connection between Junge and type, as his designs became one of the attractions in Barnhart's catalog. The picture here is taken from that book.

Black cats

Junge's illustrations of cats in his "Junge Halloween Decorators" set at Barnhart are quite stunning. That this set has never been digitized is hard to believe!

The Halloween set

Nick Curtis's digitizations

In the typeface Jungle Holiday Cuts NF (2004), Nick Curtis digitized a series of 26 holiday typographic ornaments based on the works of Carl S. Junge for the Barnhart Brothers & Spindler type foundry in the 1920s. Single-color cuts are in the uppercase positions, while 13 of the cuts suitable for two-color usage occupy the lowercase. The font can be bought here.

In the typeface Mazurka NF (2004), Nick Curtis combined two typefaces from the 1923 Barnhart Brothers & Spindler specimen books: Swagger Capitals (by Junge) is used for the uppercase and Gothic Novelty Title (perhaps not by Junge) for the lowercase.

Copyright © 2002 Luc Devroye
School of Computer Science
McGill University
Montreal, Canada H3A 2K6