Curtis & Mitchell Upper Case

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ABCDEFG ABCDEFG
HIKLMNO HIKLMNO
PQRSTVW PQRSTVW
XYZJU)] XYZJUffiffl

This U.S. layout matches that shown by Curtis & Mitchell, of Boston, in their Specimens of Types, Borders, Rules, Cuts, etc. (1886), and also in their earlier Reduced Price List (of around 1878). It is similar to that shown by MacKellar: The American Printer (2nd ed 1866) and Harpel: Typograph or Book of Specimens (1870), in that the small caps are on the right, whereas later examples such as Barnhart Bros & Spindler (1893), Lockwood (1894) and ATF (1903) have the small caps on the left. However, MacKellar shows ffi in the lower case, and hair spacing in the upper, and has for example $ and in a different row. BB&S have hairs in the lower case, like Curtis & Mitchell, but also have fl in the upper case, rather than ffi, and again have $ and in a different row. Lockwood has ffi in the lower case, like MacKellar, but has $ and in yet a different place. ATF in 1895 are the same as BB&S, but by 1903 have fl in the lower case, as well as $ and in different places.

The configuration of the empty case is still Moxon's Upper (of 1683) and the companion lower case lay is Curtis & Mitchell.

This page has been written on a Windows based pc, and the following characters may not display correctly: is a single, and a double dagger. is a section mark, a paragraph mark, and is UK sterling. î, ý, and þ are a 3 piece brace. -- is an em dash, --- 2em, and then --- 3em. The fractions 1/2 etc should be of the form , ie with a horizontal not diagonal bar, and Fst represents a fist (pointer).

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This page was written in 1998 by David Bolton and last updated 13 November 2008.