Tuesday, March 1, 2011

True type

I spent part of the weekend cleaning up the leaves and willow branches outside and the other part of the weekend painstakingly cleaning one of the new fonts I recently acquired.

What started out as a jumbled mess of nasty, greasy, dusty type that looked like this:

New type

Is now a neat and orderly arrangement of sparkly clean type.



Each piece was soaked in a degreaser, scrubbed with a toothbrush and a citrus cleaner, and then closely inspected for damage. Damaged type (nearly 20 pounds worth!) were removed and everything else was neatly sorted in a clean case. Now I just need to print some samples so I can identify the font and figure out what to do with it.

One down, about 50 to go!


  1. How and where do you store all these beautiful fonts?

  2. Holly: I have some wood and metal cabinets that hold the cases of type. I got the metal ones with the new press, and once I repaint them (they are ugly olive green right now) they'll replace the wood ones, which are in pretty bad shape.

    Young: That's so funny, because when I saw the ampersand I thought to myself, "I bet Young will like this one!" :)

  3. Oooooh...I love looking at all of that type! What a beauty Melissa!

    Ps...a little goody is on it's way to the Goob...


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