The non-printing top surfaces of quads and low spacing provide a fine place to put the name of the foundry, or simply a more or less decorative design or form. Here are examples, arranged by type foundry or (in some cases) type casting machine.
Spaces and quads can of course also bear pin marks.
Damon & Peets. NY. 1868 - ca. 1929.
Cincinnati, OH. 1856-1892. Franklin Type Foundry, Allison & Smith. From 1856 as a branch of L. Johnson & Co. of Philadelphia (which later became MacKellar, Smiths & Jordan) . Then the Franklin Type & Stereotype Foundry, Allison & Smith. Later (by 1889) "Franklin Type Foundry, Allison & Smith". Amalgamated into American Type Founders at its inception in 1892; Robert Allison became the first president of ATF.
Inland Type Foundry. St. Louis, MO. 1895-1912.
Western Type Foundry. St. Louis and Chicago. 1906-1918. Associated with Charles Schokmiller; absorbed Wiebking & Hardinge's Advance Type Foundry. St. Louis and Chicago. 1906-1918. Acquired by BB&S, but while independent distinct from The Great Western Type Foundry of Barnhart Brothers & Spindler.
The Wicks Rotary Type Caster was not a type foundry but rather a machine: a high-speed casting machine which could cast 60,000 types/hour for typesetting machines (not composing typecasters) in non-distribution operation. However, the machine was not sold commercially; only type cast by the machine was for sale.
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