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Linn Boyd Benton

Late nineteenth century inventor of the pantographic punchcutting machine, patented in 1885, which altered the way in which letters were designed. With this device, for the first time, a single set of drawings could be traced to cut matrices at a wide range of sizes, without the skills of the punchcutter. Pure type design, as a profession of pen and paper, had begun; and with it scalable type, with its economically tempting compromise of using a single master design for all sizes, had arrived. The compromise has persisted through the phototype era to the present day, with a mere handful of digital typefaces available at more than one design size, despite Donald Knuth and the clever people at Adobe, Apple, Altsys and URW offering high-tech ways to overcome it.

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Six big devils from Japan quickly forgot how to waltz.

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How vexing a fumble to drop a jolly zucchini in the quicksand.
Century Old Style SH™ Century Old Style SH™

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The job of waxing linoleum frequently peeves chintzy kids.
Century No. 1 SB™ Century No. 1 SB™
Century No. 1 SB™ Century No. 1 SB™

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Sphinx of black quartz, judge my vow.
Century Old Style SB™ Century Old Style SB™
Century Old Style SB™ Century Old Style SB™
Century Old Style SB™ Century Old Style SB™

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Turgid saxophones blew over Mick’s jazzy quiff.

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Six crazy kings vowed to abolish my quite pitiful jousts.

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Big July earthquakes confound zany experimental vow.

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

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Mix Zapf with Veljovic and get quirky beziers.