About HWT Bon Air Font Family
Bon Air was one of a series of script typefaces cut into wood by the Hamilton Manufacturing Company for the Morgan Sign Machine Co. (makers of the Line-o-Scribe showcard press) in the mid 20th Century. These were some of the last new designs cut into wood by Hamilton until the museum revival in the early 2000s. Bon Air was created in 1958 and trademarked in 1961.
The wood type made for Morgan was used largely in department stores to make their own signage. The script styles are reminiscent of sign painters alphabets and evoke a Mad Men era advertising aesthetic. The font was only cut in four sizes: 12, 18, 36 and 72 line. It was distributed by Morgan for use in their presses, but as type high wood type, it could be used on any press.
The font was issued with several alternate letters and ligatures to simulate the effect of hand lettering. Its lively strokes and odd details give it an exotic flavor suitable for advertising display work. The digital version includes all of the original alternates plus new characters to fill out a full European character set.
HWT Bon Air™
is a trademark of P22.
About Hamilton Wood Type Collection
The Hamilton Wood Type Collection (HWT), established in 2012, is a joint venture between P22 Type Foundry and the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum. The classic designs in this collection are based on scarce printed specimens and actual wood type from the historic artifacts at the Hamilton Museum. Some of this fonts are the product of the Hamilton Wood Type Legacy Project—a collaboration between the museum and designers to make contemporary type designs for Hamilton’s use in the production of new wood types. The inclusion of HWT to the P22 roster is a perfect addition to the legacy of keeping classic designs relevant and usable in contemporary design.
The Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum, in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, is the only museum dedicated to the preservation, study, production, and printing of wood type. Hamilton has one of the premier wood type collections in the world and is an unparalleled source of research material for printing historians and aesthetes alike.