Beginning in January, 1932, Becker, at the request of then-editor E. Thomas Kelly, supplied SIGNS of the Times magazine’s new Art and Design section with an alphabet a month, a project predicted to last only two years. Misjuding the popularity of the “series,” it instead ran for 27 years, ending finally two months before Becker’s death in 1959, for a grand total of 320 alphabets, a nearly perfect, uninterrupted run. In late 1941, almost ten years after the first alphabet was published, 100 of those alphabets were compiled and published in bookform under the title, “100 Alphabets,” by Alf R. Becker.
By no means a cheap spinoff of a great original, the Copper Penny family is a completely revamped tribute to Frederic W. Goudy’s venerable Copperplate Gothic. After much attention and care, this freshened-up face takes a century-overdue leap forward, anxious to take on the needs of an ever-changing design world. Even as it serves a dual role in Computer Aided Signmaking (CAS) and Desktop Publishing (DTP), this family is also brimming with an extensive range of alternates, plus a set of small uppercase characters for that traditional look, and lastly and most welcome, a viable lowercase that pays clear homage to its classic roots.