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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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Blowzy night-frumps vex’d Jack Q.
Mr Stalwart Pro Mr Stalwart Pro
Mr Stalwart Pro Mr Stalwart Pro

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A quick movement of the enemy will jeopardize six gunboats.
Monsieur La Doulaise Pro Monsieur La Doulaise Pro
Monsieur La Doulaise Pro Monsieur La Doulaise Pro

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Fabled reader with jaded, roving eye seized by quickened impulse to expand budget.
Bender Script™ Bender Script™

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Then a cop quizzed Mick Jagger’s ex-wives briefly.
Mr Dafoe Pro Mr Dafoe Pro
Mr Dafoe Pro Mr Dafoe Pro
Mr Dafoe Pro Mr Dafoe Pro

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Quick zephyrs blow, vexing daft Jim.
Miss Le Gatees Pro Miss Le Gatees Pro
Miss Le Gatees Pro Miss Le Gatees Pro

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Lawbooks forgave John Quincy Adams, sixth Prez.
Dr Carbfred Pro Dr Carbfred Pro
Dr Carbfred Pro Dr Carbfred Pro

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May Jo equals the fine record by solving six puzzles a week.
Mrs Blackfort Pro Mrs Blackfort Pro
Mrs Blackfort Pro Mrs Blackfort Pro
Mrs Blackfort Pro Mrs Blackfort Pro

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The July sun caused a fragment of pine wax to ooze on the black velvet quilt.
Herr Von Muellerhoff Pro Herr Von Muellerhoff Pro
Herr Von Muellerhoff Pro Herr Von Muellerhoff Pro

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Crazy Fredericka bought many very exquisite opal jewels.
Mr Blaketon Pro Mr Blaketon Pro
Mr Blaketon Pro Mr Blaketon Pro

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Murky haze enveloped a city as jarring quakes broke fourty-six windows.
Mr Lackboughs Pro Mr Lackboughs Pro
Mr Lackboughs Pro Mr Lackboughs Pro

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Two hardy boxing kangaroos jet from Sydney to Zanzibar on quicksilver pinions.
Mr De Haviland Pro Mr De Haviland Pro
Mr De Haviland Pro Mr De Haviland Pro

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Quick zephyrs blow, vexing daft Jim.
Mr Leopolde Pro Mr Leopolde Pro
Mr Leopolde Pro Mr Leopolde Pro
Mr Leopolde Pro Mr Leopolde Pro

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Six big devils from Japan quickly forgot how to waltz.
Miss Lankfort Miss Lankfort

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Just keep examining every low bid quoted for zinc etchings.
Miss Stanfort Miss Stanfort

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Quickly Shortz dreams up a few vexing jumbles.
Mr Canfields Mr Canfields

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Jimmy and Zack, the police explained, were last seen diving into a field of buttered quahogs.
Mrs Saint-Delafield Pro Mrs Saint-Delafield Pro
Mrs Saint-Delafield Pro Mrs Saint-Delafield Pro

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The July sun caused a fragment of pine wax to ooze on the black velvet quilt.
Dr Sugiyama Pro Dr Sugiyama Pro
Dr Sugiyama Pro Dr Sugiyama Pro

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Barkeep! A flaming tequila swizzle and a vodka and Ajax, hold the cherry.
Mr Keningbeck Pro Mr Keningbeck Pro

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My help squeezed back in again and joined the weavers after six.
Miss Robertson Pro Miss Robertson Pro
Miss Robertson Pro Miss Robertson Pro

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Sexy diva Jennifer Lopez wasn’t baking me quiche.
Mr Bedfort Pro Mr Bedfort Pro
Mr Bedfort Pro Mr Bedfort Pro
Mr Bedfort Pro Mr Bedfort Pro

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Forsaking monastic tradition, twelve jovial friars gave up their vocation for a questionable existence on the flying trapeze.
Kolinsky Sable SG™ Kolinsky Sable SG™

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Big July earthquakes confound zany experimental vow.
Mrs Sheppards Pro Mrs Sheppards Pro
Mrs Sheppards Pro Mrs Sheppards Pro

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Blowzy night-frumps vex’d Jack Q.
Mr Rafkin Mr Rafkin

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Puzzled women bequeath jerks very exotic gifts.
Mrs Von Eckley Mrs Von Eckley

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Would you please examine both sizes of jade figures very quickly.
Miss Fajardose Pro Miss Fajardose Pro
Miss Fajardose Pro Miss Fajardose Pro
Miss Fajardose Pro Miss Fajardose Pro
Miss Fajardose Pro Miss Fajardose Pro

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Sympathizing would fix Quaker objectives.
Miss Packgope Miss Packgope

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Alfredo just must bring very exciting news to the plaza quickly.
Mr Sandsfort Mr Sandsfort

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Big July earthquakes confound zany experimental vow.
Mr Benedict Pro Mr Benedict Pro
Mr Benedict Pro Mr Benedict Pro

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King Alexander was just partly overcome after quizzing Diogenes in his tub.
Mr Donaldson Mr Donaldson

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Prized waxy jonquils choke big farm vats.
Miss Stephams Miss Stephams

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Watch all five questions asked by experts amaze the judge.
Miss Blaker Miss Blaker

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The July sun caused a fragment of pine wax to ooze on the black velvet quilt.
Miss Fitzpatrick Miss Fitzpatrick