Hamilton became the final home of many of the old wood type patterns as the early companies went out of business.
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.
A popular caps-only type of late Victorian times was called Mural, brought out by
It now has a nice, understated retro look for paragraphs of copy.
Originally, this 1870s wood type font was called Armenian. We came across a showing of alphabet at the South Street Seaport in New York, bought it and immediately drew the additional characters needed to make the font.
We used it for some circus program work that was part of our livelihood.
An Oriental flavor from Germany
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.