sailing on THE RAGGED EDGE of miserable

an article in the typographic magazine Baseline led me to the 1885 ed. of the Barnhart Bros.’ Pony specimen book and price list, a catalog for printers. the sample texts are wonderful concrete poems, and recall Bern Porter as well as the spam I’ve been getting lately:

filthy MINNESOTA alleys

(DBL. SM. PICA CLARENDON CONDENSED, $3.55)

PINCH CLEAN BABIES

LAMENTATION OF THE ESTHETICS

34 FATHER IS BALD NOW 56

(PICA VULCAN, $2.15)

FIRE

The Dude

Hard

(DOUBLE PICA ECLIPSE SHADED NO.2, $7.25)

One wonders whether the text was cribbed from extant print jobs, devised by copywriters of an unusual mindset, or simply designed to best show off a given typeface.

DENVER

Raging Storm

Eatland


(GREAT PRIMER ECLIPSE SHADED NO. 2, $6.30)

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