Modern Condensed, No. 1

(Roman, [Roman] Small Caps, and Italic)

Lanston Monotype, Series 1

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1. Overview

This typeface was called out as Lanston Monotype Series 1ABC. That is, it combined classifications 'A' (Modern Roman), 'B' (Small Caps), and 'C' (Modern Italic). It was only offered as composition matrices in 6, 8, and 10 point body sizes. See {MTF1}.

Although it was never extensively developed, this face was cut over time.

The 1916 Lanston Monotype specimen book, {LMSB 1916-1921}, shows 1ABC (Roman, Small Caps, Italic) in 6 and 8 point only. Interestingly, they left a blank section on the page where the 10 point showing was later added.

The 1922 Lanston Monotype specimen book, {LMSB 1922}, shows 6, 8, and 10 point sizes (for composition only). The later {MTF1} also shows 6, 8, and 10 point sizes for composition. {McGrew 1993}, pp. 220-221, cites only 6, 8, and 10 point. It does not seem to have been offered in display matrices (and does not appear in {Handy 1955} or {Index 1970}).

Neither {MTF1} nor {McGrew 1993} identify an individual responsible for this particular Modern.

Here is the table of characters supplied in matrix fonts, from {MTF1}.

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2. Specimens

Here is the showing (a single page) from {LMSB 1922} (the 1916 showing was identical except that it omitted the 10 point size).

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Here is the same image wrapped up as a PDF: monotypespecimen00lansrich_raw_0043-rot90cw-crop-3030x4109.pdf

Here is the showing (a single page) as a 600dpi greyscale image from {MTF1}.

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Here is the same image wrapped up as a PDF: lanston-monotype-00010-modern-condensed-mtf1-0600grey-001.pdf

3. Bibliography

{Handy 1955} Handy Index of 'Monotype' Rental Matrices. Philadelphia, PA: Lanston Monotype Machine Company, 1955.

Online at: Monotype Matrix Handy Index (1955) in the CircuitousRoot Notebook of Matrix Data, Specimens, & Typography for Lanston Monotype Display Casters.

{Index 1970} Index of Monotype Rental Matrices (Library Fonts). Philadelphia, PA: Lanston Monotype Company, 1955.

Online at: Index of Monotype Rental Matrices (1970) in the CircuitousRoot Notebook of Matrix Data, Specimens, & Typography for Lanston Monotype Display Casters.

{MTF1} Monotype Type Faces. Philadelphia, PA: Lanston Monotype Machine Company, [n.d.]

This is a composite specimen book compiled from individual pages and sections of the loose-leaf Lanston Monotype specimen book. It is online as: A Composite Specimen of Lanston Monotype Faces.

{LMSB 1916-1921} The Monotype Specimen Book of Type Faces. Philadelphia, PA: Lanston Monotype Machine Company, 1916 [with later material]

Online on the Notebook of Other Lanston Monotype Specimens.

{LMSB 1922} The Monotype Specimen Book of Type Faces. Philadelphia, PA: Lanston Monotype Machine Company, 1921.

Online on the Notebook of Other Lanston Monotype Specimens.

{McGrew 1993} McGrew, Mac. American Metal Typefaces of the Twentieth Century. Second Edition. New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Books.