MORE SURREALISM FROM TYPE SPECIMENS.

We have already seen examples of the mad surrealism of type specimens from the 1800s. Sometimes, however, the mood is more satire than surrealism. Here are some examples of both from a specimen book issued by Farmer, Little & Co. in 1867.

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In 1867, there was still a fair amount of bitterness when the subject of British-outfitted Confederate privateers came up.


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This one, in the most florid nineteenth-century marketing language, is actually talking about the type itself, a “rimmed gothic.”

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