About HWT Roman Extended Fatface Font Family
The design of the first "Fat Face" is credited to Robert Thorne just after 1800 in England. It is considered to be the first type style designed specifically for display or jobbing, rather than for book work. The first instance of Fat Face in wood type is found in the first wood type specimen book ever produced: Darius Wells, Letter Cutter 1828. This style was produced by all early wood type manufacturers.
The style is derived from the high contrast, thick and thin Modern style of Bodoni and Didot developed only decades previously. The extended variation makes the face even more of a display type and not at all suitable for text. This type of display type was used to compete with the new Lithographic process which allowed for the development of the poster as an artform unto itself.
This new digitization by Jim Lyles most closely follows the Wm Page cut. The crisp outlines hold up at the largest point sizes you can imagine. This font contains a full CE character set.
HWT Roman Extended Fatface™
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.