Charles P Bluemlein

Charles Bluemleim is known in calligraphy circles for a series of of script alphabets in a 1944 booklet, Script and Manuscript Lettering, published by the Higgins Ink Company of Brooklyn, New York in order to promote their inks.

His methods are described in the introduction:

“Mr. Bluemlein designed the alphabets after long experience and close study of the possibilities of injecting character and personality into script. For years Mr. Bluemlein would ask friends and acquaintances for their signatures. He carefully studied the most outstanding of these seeking unusual manipulations of the pen and relationship of lines and curves which gave them character. Sometimes a single letter would be the key to a complete alphabet. Mr. Bluemlein interpreted the signatures, changed, organized and embellished them into a series of 32 script alphabets. He did this by projecting the signatures to a large size thus enabling him to pick out the character notes. We believe they form an invaluable contribution to the annals of script lettering.”

Such alphabets are not easily turned into convincing fonts, partly because mechanized scripts benefit from the variability of the hand, but also because many connections between letters must be tweaked for the font in use to look hand-done. The most serious attempt to ‘fontify’ these alphabets is by Alejandro Paul of Sudtipos, and sold as the Bluemlein Collection of 32 fonts. In the original catalog each alphabet is introduced with a fictitious person’s name set in the script – such as Miss Kathryn E. Robertson, Mr. Franklin Y. Benedict – suggesting that the depicted lettering was the personal style of that imagined person. Alejandro Paul’s fonts use these as font names: Mr Benedict, Monsieur la Doulaise, Herr von Muellerhoff, and so on.

Other fonts based on Bluemlein include: Kolinsky Sable from Spiece Graphics (Bluemlein’s Mr. Ronald G. Sheppards, transgendered by Paul as Mrs Sheppards) and Bender Script from Dear Alison (“pulled together from numerous Bluemlein samples”).

Biographical information about Charles Bluemlein is difficult to come by. Typography enthusiast Luc Devroye has discovered someone with a matching name: “there was a private Charles P. Bluemlein among the Men of Company A 346th Infantry, 87th Division World War I - 1919. This company was formed on 19 September 1917, trained at Camp Pike, Arkansas, and was deployed from Camp Dix to England and France. That would put the date of birth of Bluemlein around 1900 [consistent with the picture in the 1944 booklet].”

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  • From: United States of America
  • What he does: Type Design
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Mr Lackboughs Pro Mr Lackboughs Pro
Mr Lackboughs Pro Mr Lackboughs Pro

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Herr Von Muellerhoff Pro Herr Von Muellerhoff Pro
Herr Von Muellerhoff Pro Herr Von Muellerhoff Pro

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Miss Le Gatees Pro Miss Le Gatees Pro
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Mr De Haviland Pro Mr De Haviland Pro
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Miss Lankfort Miss Lankfort

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Mr Blaketon Pro Mr Blaketon Pro
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Dr Carbfred Pro Dr Carbfred Pro
Dr Carbfred Pro Dr Carbfred Pro

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Mr Dafoe Pro Mr Dafoe Pro
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Mr Dafoe Pro Mr Dafoe Pro

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Mrs Blackfort Pro Mrs Blackfort Pro
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Mr Stalwart Pro Mr Stalwart Pro
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Miss Robertson Pro Miss Robertson Pro
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Mr Canfields Mr Canfields

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Miss Fitzpatrick Miss Fitzpatrick

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Miss Fajardose Pro Miss Fajardose Pro
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Monsieur La Doulaise Pro Monsieur La Doulaise Pro
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Mrs Saint-Delafield Pro Mrs Saint-Delafield Pro
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Mrs Sheppards Pro Mrs Sheppards Pro
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Mr Rafkin Mr Rafkin

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Dr Sugiyama Pro Dr Sugiyama Pro
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Mr Leopolde Pro Mr Leopolde Pro
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Miss Stanfort Miss Stanfort

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Bender Script™ Bender Script™

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Kolinsky Sable SG™ Kolinsky Sable SG™

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Mr Keningbeck Pro Mr Keningbeck Pro

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Mrs Von Eckley Mrs Von Eckley

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Miss Packgope Miss Packgope

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Mr Sandsfort Mr Sandsfort

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Mr Benedict Pro Mr Benedict Pro
Mr Benedict Pro Mr Benedict Pro

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Mr Donaldson Mr Donaldson

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Mr Bedfort Pro Mr Bedfort Pro
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Miss Stephams Miss Stephams

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Miss Blaker Miss Blaker