“From 1850 to 1870, advertising exploded in America; the typographic rage became ever narrower display types. By 1875, most wood type makers and some foundries offered X, XX, and XXX Condensed Gothics, Moderns, Clarendons & Antiques. Such compression fixes stroke weight, spacing & counters, limiting design to detail & horizontals. In this type, Jim Parkinson refines the XX Condensed with 20th century grace notes.” Font Bureau, 1995
This entry is used for both for generic historical condensed Antiques as well as for Jim Parkinson’s digital revival (used for sample). For other specific historical versions and revivals, see Related Typefaces.
- circa 1875
Antique Condensed in use
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