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Joseph Blumenthal collection on Spiral type

 Collection
Identifier: CSC-0042

Scope and Contents

The Joseph Blumenthal collection on Spiral type consists of material used in the creation of Joseph Blumenthal's Spiral type, with related ephemera. Box 1 holds original ink drawings by Blumenthal of Spiral initials, a group of trial punches and matrices made by the German punchcutter Louis Hoell, smoke proof prints, two photographs of Hoell, and two folders of proofs and trial pages printed by Blumenthal in both the Spiral and Emerson faces. Box 2 holds the final punches and matrices for 14-point Spiral type, one font of 14-point Spiral type, and two alignment and fitting tools for punchcutting and matrix engraving.

Dates

  • 1931 - 1940

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical information on Joseph Blumenthal

Joseph Blumenthal was an American printer, printing historian, and type designer. Blumenthal designed Spiral type in 1931 in Germany so that it could be cut there by Louis Hoell and cast by the Bauer Type Foundry in Frankfurt-am-Main. It was recut and cast in 1935 by Monotype Corporation, Ltd., who distributed it under the name Emerson.

Extent

1 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Language

English

Overview

The collection consists of material used in the creation of Joseph Blumenthal's Spiral type, with related ephemera.

Physical Location

Cary stacks

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Joseph Blumenthal, 1979, with additions from Herbert Johnson, 1981.

Processing Information

Collection was processed by Cary staff, date unknown. Finding aid encoded from MARC record by Ella von Holtum in September 2020.
Title
Joseph Blumenthal collection on Spiral type
Subtitle
Cary Graphic Arts Collection
Status
In Progress
Author
Ella von Holtum
Date
May 2020
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Cary Graphic Arts Collection Repository

Contact:
RIT Libraries
The Wallace Center
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