Typo: A Monthly Newspaper and Literary Review, Volume 6
The American Art Printer for December notifies a change in the literary staff. Mr J. D. White, who has been associated with the paper from the first, has been promoted from the assistant editorship to the editorial chair. This issue, and the January number as well, are full as ever of valuable practical matter, and the supplements, as specimens of the most advanced kind of printing, are deserving of careful study.
From Mr Robert Mitchell Floyd, 56 Clerk-st., Jersey City, N. J., the editor and publisher, we have received two or three copies of the Trade Press List. Originally started as a kind of bibliography of the grocery business, it now essays to cover the whole field of trade journalism, and its list, especially as regards American papers, is fairly complete. Even for remote New Zealand, its information is correct. The literary contents are good.
The World's Fair has already a literature of its own. We have received No. 7 of a beautiful Chicago monthly, the Illustrated World's Fair, 24 pp. demy, superbly illustrated, and containing contributions from leading American writers. The fine views, from instantaneous photographs, give an idea of the overwhelming magnitude of the buildings in progress. There are some good portraits of notabilities connected with the great show. Altogether, the specimen before us gives promise that the completed work will be a grand record of the greatest industrial exhibition that the world so far has produced.
Press and Type (Union Typefoundry, Chicago) for December, looks handsome with its brilliant red headlines and rubricated initials. The eccentric sloping letters selected for the first page, however, are incongruous as initials to roman text. On page 3 a beautiful initial gothic J does duty as a T. American comps seem to prefer to make use of it in this capacity.
The Ink Fiend has come down in size to a small octavo with a neat page. In other respects the new proprietors, Messrs Root & Turner, have made no change, excepting that they have discontinued the publication of Mr Boss's Printers' Dictionary. This, we think, will be a disappointment to many readers.
The Philadelphia Lithographers' Journal has completed its first volume, and has maintained its high character throughout. Vol. ii opens with a fine portrait of Mr Louis L. Prang, the celebrated New York lithographer. The American Bookmaker is always practical: but unlike some practical papers, never loses sight of the literary and historical aspects of the Craft. In the December issue we note a very complete and interesting chapter on one branch of type evolution— the imitation typewriter fonts. The idea, it appears, was suggested by Mr J. C. Blair, a Philadelphia printer, and the first font was cast for him by the Central Foundry. This style has never become popular in tne Australian colonies, but in the United States it is produced in tons, and every foundry has found it necessary either to cut a series or purchase the right to use one. The characters in use on every instrument have been imitated, and the article before us describes and exhibits sixteen styles, from 8· to 14·. To enable him to show these letters, the cooperation of seven founders must have been secured by the editor. The article, we take it (except that is omits dates), is practically exhaustive so far as present developments are concerned; for though typewriter fonts are now manufactured by English and Continental founders, we know of none that have originated outside of the United States.
Stationery and Bookselling keeps up its character not only as an excellent trade magazine, but as an exceedingly readable paper from a literary point of view.
The Christmas number of the Stationer, Printer, and Fancy Trades Register is unusually large, and both the literary and advertising departments are brightened with fine illustrations from the season's new books. The manner in which the blocks are brought up reflects high credit on the printer. In an article on « Trade in Australia, » we read that Literary Opinion, an Australian publication, is circulated in every town in Australia, New Zealand, and Tasmania. We have some acquaintance with Australian literature, but have never seen, nor had we previously heard of the publication in question.—The January number is printed in blue-black ink, on extra fine paper.