Joseph Blumenthal collection on Spiral type
Scope and Contents
The Joseph Blumenthal collection on Spiral type consists of material used in the creation of Joseph Blumenthal's Spiral type, with related ephemera. Box 1 holds original ink drawings by Blumenthal of Spiral initials, a group of trial punches and matrices made by the German punchcutter Louis Hoell, smoke proof prints, two photographs of Hoell, and two folders of proofs and trial pages printed by Blumenthal in both the Spiral and Emerson faces. Box 2 holds the final punches and matrices for 14-point Spiral type, one font of 14-point Spiral type, and two alignment and fitting tools for punchcutting and matrix engraving.
- 1931 - 1940
- Blumenthal, Joseph (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open to researchers.
Biographical information on Joseph Blumenthal
Joseph Blumenthal was an American printer, printing historian, and type designer. Blumenthal designed Spiral type in 1931 in Germany so that it could be cut there by Louis Hoell and cast by the Bauer Type Foundry in Frankfurt-am-Main. It was recut and cast in 1935 by Monotype Corporation, Ltd., who distributed it under the name Emerson.
1 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
The collection consists of material used in the creation of Joseph Blumenthal's Spiral type, with related ephemera.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Joseph Blumenthal, 1979, with additions from Herbert Johnson, 1981.
Collection was processed by Cary staff, date unknown. Finding aid encoded from MARC record by Ella von Holtum in September 2020.
- Foundry type
- Graphic arts -- United States -- History -- 20th century
- Matrices (copper molds)
- Printers -- New York (State) -- New York -- History -- 20th century
- Proofs (prints by function)
- Punches (marking tools)
- Spiral Press
- Text types
- Type (composition equipment)
- Type and type-founding
- Type and type-founding -- Germany
- Type designers
- Type metal
- Typefaces (type forms)
- Typefounding matrices -- History
- Joseph Blumenthal collection on Spiral type
- Cary Graphic Arts Collection
- In Progress
- Ella von Holtum
- May 2020
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