Linn Boyd Benton

Late nineteenth century inventor of the pantographic punchcutting machine, patented in 1885, which altered the way in which letters were designed. With this device, for the first time, a single set of drawings could be traced to cut matrices at a wide range of sizes, without the skills of the punchcutter. Pure type design, as a profession of pen and paper, had begun; and with it scalable type, with its economically tempting compromise of using a single master design for all sizes, had arrived. The compromise has persisted through the phototype era to the present day, with a mere handful of digital typefaces available at more than one design size, despite Donald Knuth and the clever people at Adobe, Apple, Altsys and URW offering high-tech ways to overcome it.

Returning to the man who first offered the temptation, Linn Boyd Benton was also a type designer, and father of the prolific Morris Fuller Benton. He managed manufacturing at ATF from 1892 until 1932, the year of his death.

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Century® Expanded Century® Expanded

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Century Old Style SH™ Century Old Style SH™

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Century No. 1 SB™ Century No. 1 SB™
Century No. 1 SB™ Century No. 1 SB™

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Century Old Style SB™ Century Old Style SB™
Century Old Style SB™ Century Old Style SB™
Century Old Style SB™ Century Old Style SB™

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Linotype® Centennial Linotype® Centennial
Linotype® Centennial Linotype® Centennial
Linotype® Centennial Linotype® Centennial

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Century® Schoolbook Century® Schoolbook

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Morris Sans® Morris Sans®

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ITC Souvenir® ITC Souvenir®
ITC Souvenir® ITC Souvenir®
ITC Souvenir® ITC Souvenir®

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Franklin Gothic™ Franklin Gothic™
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Franklin Gothic™ Franklin Gothic™

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Monotype Engravers Old English Monotype Engravers Old English

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LTC Cloister™ LTC Cloister™

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ITC Franklin Gothic™ ITC Franklin Gothic™
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Phenix American™ Phenix American™

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Benton Gothic Thin NF Benton Gothic Thin NF

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