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Charles P Bluemlein

Charles Bluemleim is known in calligraphy circles for a series of of script alphabets in a 1944 booklet, Script and Manuscript Lettering, published by the Higgins Ink Company of Brooklyn, New York in order to promote their inks.

His methods are described in the introduction:

“Mr. Bluemlein designed the alphabets after long experience and close study of the possibilities of injecting character and personality into script. For years Mr. Bluemlein would ask friends and acquaintances for their signatures. He carefully studied the most outstanding of these seeking unusual manipulations of the pen and relationship of lines and curves which gave them character. Sometimes a single letter would be the key to a complete alphabet. Mr. Bluemlein interpreted the signatures, changed, organized and embellished them into a series of 32 script alphabets. He did this by projecting the signatures to a large size thus enabling him to pick out the character notes. We believe they form an invaluable contribution to the annals of script lettering.”

Such alphabets are not easily turned into convincing fonts, partly because mechanized scripts benefit from the variability of the hand, but also because many connections between letters must be tweaked for the font in use to look hand-done. The most serious attempt to ‘fontify’ these alphabets is by Alejandro Paul of Sudtipos, and sold as the Bluemlein Collection of 32 fonts. In the original catalog each alphabet is introduced with a fictitious person’s name set in the script – such as Miss Kathryn E. Robertson, Mr. Franklin Y. Benedict – suggesting that the depicted lettering was the personal style of that imagined person. Alejandro Paul’s fonts use these as font names: Mr Benedict, Monsieur la Doulaise, Herr von Muellerhoff, and so on.

Other fonts based on Bluemlein include: Kolinsky Sable from Spiece Graphics (Bluemlein’s Mr. Ronald G. Sheppards, transgendered by Paul as Mrs Sheppards) and Bender Script from Dear Alison (“pulled together from numerous Bluemlein samples”).

Biographical information about Charles Bluemlein is difficult to come by. Typography enthusiast Luc Devroye has discovered someone with a matching name: “there was a private Charles P. Bluemlein among the Men of Company A 346th Infantry, 87th Division World War I - 1919. This company was formed on 19 September 1917, trained at Camp Pike, Arkansas, and was deployed from Camp Dix to England and France. That would put the date of birth of Bluemlein around 1900 [consistent with the picture in the 1944 booklet].”

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  • From: United States of America
  • What he does: Type Design
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32 font families by Charles P Bluemlein

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Playing jazz vibe chords quickly excites my wife.
Mr Stalwart Pro Mr Stalwart Pro
Mr Stalwart Pro Mr Stalwart Pro

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Cozy lummox gives smart squid who asks for job pen.
Monsieur La Doulaise Pro Monsieur La Doulaise Pro
Monsieur La Doulaise Pro Monsieur La Doulaise Pro

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Gen. Schwarzkopf’s job quietly vexed him.
Bender Script™ Bender Script™

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Freight to me sixty dozen quart jars and twelve black pans.
Mr Dafoe Pro Mr Dafoe Pro
Mr Dafoe Pro Mr Dafoe Pro
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Back in June we delivered oxygen equipment of the same size.
Miss Le Gatees Pro Miss Le Gatees Pro
Miss Le Gatees Pro Miss Le Gatees Pro

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Alfredo just must bring very exciting news to the plaza quickly.
Dr Carbfred Pro Dr Carbfred Pro
Dr Carbfred Pro Dr Carbfred Pro

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Five big quacking zephyrs jolt my wax bed.
Mrs Blackfort Pro Mrs Blackfort Pro
Mrs Blackfort Pro Mrs Blackfort Pro
Mrs Blackfort Pro Mrs Blackfort Pro

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Questions of a zealous nature have become by degrees petty waxen jokes.
Herr Von Muellerhoff Pro Herr Von Muellerhoff Pro
Herr Von Muellerhoff Pro Herr Von Muellerhoff Pro

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Back in my quaint garden jaunty zinnias vie with flaunting phlox.
Mr Blaketon Pro Mr Blaketon Pro
Mr Blaketon Pro Mr Blaketon Pro

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Baroque? Hell, just mix a dozen wacky pi fonts & you’ve got it.
Mr Lackboughs Pro Mr Lackboughs Pro
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My grandfather picks up quartz and valuable onyx jewels.
Mr De Haviland Pro Mr De Haviland Pro
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A mad boxer shot a quick, gloved jab to the jaw of his dizzy opponent.
Mr Leopolde Pro Mr Leopolde Pro
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The sex life of the woodchuck is a provocative question for most vertebrate zoology majors.
Miss Lankfort Miss Lankfort

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Many-wived Jack laughs at probes of sex quiz.
Miss Stanfort Miss Stanfort

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Beloved Groucho joked with a mix of zany quips.
Mr Canfields Mr Canfields

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Brawny gods just flocked up to quiz and vex him.
Mrs Saint-Delafield Pro Mrs Saint-Delafield Pro
Mrs Saint-Delafield Pro Mrs Saint-Delafield Pro

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Cozy lummox gives smart squid who asks for job pen.
Dr Sugiyama Pro Dr Sugiyama Pro
Dr Sugiyama Pro Dr Sugiyama Pro

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Astronaut Quincy B. Zack defies gravity with six jet fuel pumps.
Mr Keningbeck Pro Mr Keningbeck Pro

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Quickly Shortz dreams up a few vexing jumbles.
Miss Robertson Pro Miss Robertson Pro
Miss Robertson Pro Miss Robertson Pro

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Gorbachev’s quixotic plan fazed jumpy hawks.
Mr Bedfort Pro Mr Bedfort Pro
Mr Bedfort Pro Mr Bedfort Pro
Mr Bedfort Pro Mr Bedfort Pro

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Many-wived Jack laughs at probes of sex quiz.
Kolinsky Sable SG™ Kolinsky Sable SG™

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The exodus of jazzy pigeons is craved by squeamish walkers.
Mrs Sheppards Pro Mrs Sheppards Pro
Mrs Sheppards Pro Mrs Sheppards Pro

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Fixing the razor, J.S. Bach vowed to primp quickly.
Mr Rafkin Mr Rafkin

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Hark! Toxic jungle water vipers quietly drop on zebras for meals!
Mrs Von Eckley Mrs Von Eckley

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Gen. Schwarzkopf’s job quietly vexed him.
Miss Fajardose Pro Miss Fajardose Pro
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Big July earthquakes confound zany experimental vow.
Miss Packgope Miss Packgope

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Mix Zapf with Veljovic and get quirky beziers.
Mr Sandsfort Mr Sandsfort

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Fixing the razor, J.S. Bach vowed to primp quickly.
Mr Benedict Pro Mr Benedict Pro
Mr Benedict Pro Mr Benedict Pro

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A very bad quack might jinx zippy fowls.
Mr Donaldson Mr Donaldson

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Whacky pangram quiz flummoxed Steve Jobs.
Miss Stephams Miss Stephams

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Whacky pangram quiz flummoxed Steve Jobs.
Miss Blaker Miss Blaker

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What deaf banjo player gives Max Planck quartz?
Miss Fitzpatrick Miss Fitzpatrick