A semiformal ribbon script designed by Robert Hunter Middleton, Coronet was first released by Ludlow in 1937. The small proportions of the lowercase letters are part of the elegance implied by the name and work best at medium or large point sizes, such as short blocks of display copy or headlines. The face has a soft, comfortable quality that lends itself to a wide range of applications, from invitations to bubble bath packaging.
The Tempo family was designed by R. Hunter Middleton and released between 1930 and 1931. The instant success of Futura in 1927 led to many similar designs, and Tempo is the version produced by the Ludlow foundry.
Umbra was designed by R. Hunter Middleton for the Ludlow Corporation in 1935. This is a three-dimensional typeface, unique in that the main character shape is defined only by its shadow.
It was originally designed to be a second-color drop-shadow for the typeface Tempo, but stands alone as an unusual display face.
First made for the Ludlow Typesetting machine, Cloister Open Face was designed in 1929 as part of the typeface series called Nicolas Jenson. These types were modeled from the 1470 Eusebius in which Nicolas Jensons types were first displayed. The typeface was later revised and commercialized, and released in 1941 as Eusebius. Cloister Open Face is a display version of the Jensonian model, and as such has many desirable qualities, including good proportions, lack of idiosyncratic features, and the correct apportionment of black and white, all of which give it a refined, engraved appearance. Cloister Open Face is an elegant letterform and can be used for book and journal work, sophisticated advertisements, and other display applications that need a classical touch.
Condé Nast commissioned the FB version of this popular oldstyle for Traveler magazine.
Douglas Crawford McMurtrie, type historian, and type designer Robert Hunter Middleton collaborated at Ludlow in 1929 to design a light oldstyle roman and italic, then released them light-heartedly under the name of ‘Garamond’.
Deisgned by R.H. Middleton. Digitally engineered by Steve Jackaman. Based on the original Ludlow drawings, circa 1938.
In 1932, Robert Hunter Middleton drew Lafayette for Ludlow, following a fashion for extra condensed types for newspaper headlines that ran through American typography 120 years ago, a style that remains popular with conservative papers.
The long awaited and much requested revival of Robert Hunter Middleton's very popular classic is finally here. Mayfair Cursive was an instant hit for Middleton in 1932, and it went on being used widely until late into the 1970s, in spite of it never having crossed over to film type technology.
Designed by R.H. Middleton for Ludlow, circa 1930. Digitally engineered by Steve Jackaman.
This heavyweight poster sans is based on the typeface Samson, designed by Robert Hunter Middleton for the Ludlow Type Foundry in 1940. The slanted uprights suggesting brushwork make this face a perfect choice for casually commanding headlines.
One of the earliest fonts published by Canada Type was Coffee Script, Phil Rutter’s digitization of Robert Hunter Middleton’s 1962 brush script, Wave. In 2010, when the font was revisited for an update, it was shown that it was too light for applications under 24 pt, and too irregular for applications over 64 pt.
R.H. Middleton for Ludlow, circa 1956. Digitally engineered by Steve Jackaman.