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Barnhart Brothers & Spindler

Opened in Chicago as the Great Western Type Foundry. It became Barnhart Brothers & Spindler in 1883, and was acquired by ATF in 1911; it closed in 1933. Three of its typefaces in particular have had a lasting impact: the world’s first grunge typeface, Fifteenth Century (released c1897 but unpopular until its rebranding as Caslon Antique around 1918); Oz Cooper’s Cooper Black, sometimes seen in bright orange, 12 feet high on the side of airliners in European skies; and Caslon Openface.

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    Barnhart Brothers & Spindler
    Chicago, IL
    United States of America
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Cooper BT™

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Cooper BT™ Cooper BT™

Caslon Openface™

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Caslon Openface™ Caslon Openface™

Caslon Antique

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Caslon Antique Caslon Antique

Sheridan Gothic SG™

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Sheridan Gothic SG™ Sheridan Gothic SG™

Sheridan Gothic, also known as Grant Antique, is a quaint design produced in the late nineteenth century.

Its proportions are in keeping with extra condensed faces of the times. Its uppercase letters are quite narrow. Its lowercase letters are equally narrow and tall.

Caslon Open Face

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Caslon Open Face Caslon Open Face

Siren Script™

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Siren Script™ Siren Script™

Siren Script takes its cue from BB&S's Stationers Semiscript (metal, 1899) and its countless imitations/inspirations from throughout the 20th century, particularly a variety of uncredited film faces from the 1960s.

Sentry

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Sentry Sentry

Here’s a good old Victorian job printing font.

Faithful to the original issued by Barnhart Bros. & Spindler about 1880.

Nothing wildly decorative about it, yet it clearly looks old.

Refugio NF

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Refugio NF Refugio NF

Pyramus NF

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Pyramus NF Pyramus NF

This engaging antique text face is based on Paragon Light, from the 1905 specimen book from Barnhart Brothers & Spindler.

Although it is spaced and kerned for text work, it also is suited for headlines if you tighten the tracking.

Smackeroo NF

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Smackeroo NF Smackeroo NF

The model for this monocase typeface was issued in the early 1900s by Barnhart Brothers & Spindler with the rather prosaic name of Steelplate.

A hundred years later, it still retains its currency (ouch!), which is how it got its name. Complete Adobe character set except for superior numbers.

Vullkan NF

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Vullkan NF Vullkan NF

Live long and prosper. Barnhart Brothers and Spindler. 1884. Originally named Vulcan. Enough said. Both versions support the Latin 1252, Central European 1250, Turkish 1254 and Baltic 1257 codepages.

Parsnip NF

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Parsnip NF Parsnip NF

Will Ransom designed the exemplar for this series for Barnhart Brothers & Spindler in the early 1900s. The typeface was originally named “Parsons”, after the advertising director of a Chicago department store (evidently a very BIG customer of BB&S).

Shady Lady NF

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Shady Lady NF Shady Lady NF

Cerulean NF

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Cerulean NF Cerulean NF

An offering from Barnhart Brothers & Spindler’s Catalog No. 9 from 1907, with the rather prosaic name of “Lining Gothic No. 71”, inspired this non-nonsense and surprisingly ageless face.

As versatile as it is simple, this typeface is a stylish choice for heads and subheads.

Wedge Gothic

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Wedge Gothic Wedge Gothic

Bellagio NF

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Bellagio NF Bellagio NF

Junge Holiday Cuts NF

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Junge Holiday Cuts NF Junge Holiday Cuts NF

P22 Allyson™

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P22 Allyson™ P22 Allyson™

Caslon Open Face

by Adobe
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Caslon Open Face Caslon Open Face

Caslon Open Face was issued by the Barnhart Brothers & Spindler foundry in 1915. It was originally called College Oldstyle and was initially a reproduction of Le Moreau de Jeune, a type from the France’s G. Peignot foundry; BB&S admitted to taking a liberty when they put it in the Caslon category. Caslon Open Face is nonetheless a useful display face that leaves an impression of elegance when used sparingly in display work.

Kenosha Antique NF

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Kenosha Antique NF Kenosha Antique NF

Huron

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Huron Huron

Pompeian Cursive

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Pompeian Cursive Pompeian Cursive

Fairmont

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Fairmont Fairmont

Caslon Antique EF

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Caslon Antique EF Caslon Antique EF

Packard Patrician NF

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Packard Patrician NF Packard Patrician NF

Here’s a new take on the hand-lettered alphabet Oswald Bruce Cooper used in ads for the Packard Motor Company, later converted into a metal typeface by the Barnhard Brothers & Spindler foundry.

This version has smoother outlines and an increased x-height, but retains all of the elegant charm of the original.

Putney Junction NF

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Putney Junction NF Putney Junction NF

This elegant offering is based on a typeface originally called “Design”, from Barnhart Brothers & Spindler’s Specimen Catalog Number 9, published in the first decade of the twentieth century.

This version has been fine-tuned to set tight, and is suitable for headlines, subheads, and limited amounts of body copy.

Hardy Har Har NF

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Hardy Har Har NF Hardy Har Har NF

Bamboo

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Bamboo Bamboo

Even the original founder, Barnhart Bros. & Spindler, thought this was a freaky font, and indeed they called it “Freak” when they introduced it in 1889.

Publicity Headline

by HiH
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Publicity Headline Publicity Headline

Publicity Headline is an allcaps advertising font. Its heavy weight and robust strength allows it to be used against complex backgrounds or reversed out on dark backgrounds without getting lost. It also has a warm, friendly feeling for the conventional headlines indicated by the name.

Caslon Antique

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Caslon Antique Caslon Antique

Caslon Antique was designed by Berne Nadall and brought out by the American type foundry Barnhart Bros & Spindler in 1896 to 1898. It doesn’t bear any resemblance to Caslon, but has the quaint crudeness of what people imagine type looked like in the eighteenth century. Use Caslon Antique for that “old-timey” effect in graphic designs. It looks best in large sizes for titles or initials.

Bon Mot NF

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Bon Mot NF Bon Mot NF

Bric-a-Braque NF™

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Bric-a-Braque NF™ Bric-a-Braque NF™

This assertively Art Deco face is based on Cubist Bold, designed by John W. Zimmerman for Barnhart Brothers & Spindler in 1929, and takes its name from one of the co-founders—with Pablo Picasso—of the Cubist Movement.

Nadall

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Nadall Nadall

FranTique NF

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FranTique NF FranTique NF

Bandstand

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Bandstand Bandstand

Angler NF

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Angler NF Angler NF

Grand Rapids NF

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Grand Rapids NF Grand Rapids NF

This disarming beauty is based on a typeface named “Archer” from the 1905 specimen book from Barnhart Brothers & Spindler.

The original was a rather light face; this beefed-up version highlights the face’s charming quirks quite nicely.

Ransom Clearcut NF

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Ransom Clearcut NF Ransom Clearcut NF

Miss Dottie NF

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Miss Dottie NF Miss Dottie NF

The 1897 specimen book from Barnhart Brothers and Spindler showed a enchanting little face called Dotted Roman. Here’s a faithful revival, ready to warm up the 21st century. Both versions support the Latin 1252, Central European 1250, Turkish 1254 and Baltic 1257 codepages.

Pacifica

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Pacifica Pacifica

Faust Text

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Faust Text Faust Text

Barnhart Bros. and Spindler called this Faust Text when they introduced it in 1898.

A quarter of a century later, they brought back a number of obsolete faces and renamed them. This one became Missal Text in their 1923 catalog.

Arcade

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Arcade Arcade

Brazzaville NF

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Brazzaville NF Brazzaville NF

Barnhard Brothers and Spindler called this typeface Congo when it appeared in their circa-1910 type catalog.

The design is characterized by strong Art Nouveau influences, tight spacing and a large x-height.

Dangerfield

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Dangerfield Dangerfield

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Caslon Antique Caslon Antique

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