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Joseph Fry

Punchcutter and typefounder, who in 1764 with William Pine, a printer, opened the Fry Letter Foundry in Bristol. The types were fine interpretations of Baskerville’s and Caslon’s work. The copies of Caslon were so good, that they were advertised as being interchangeable with the original, a claim that upset the Caslons so much that their 1785 specimen was prefaced with a bitter denunciation. Fry had wide business interests, one being Fry’s Chocolates. He retired from his foundry in 1787, handing it over to his sons Edmund and Henry.

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