This is the sixth edition of our monthly type specimen poster project!
Clarendon is a common metal and digital font. It was designed by Robert Besley for The Fann Street Foundry, also known as Thurowgood and Besley, in 1845 in England. The original metal letters were cut by Benjamin Fox. This was one of the first fonts to be registered and was named for the Clarendon Press at Oxford University.
The wood font has nebulous origins, Rob Roy Kelly claims that it evolved from Antique and Ionic fonts with the key difference of having bracketed serifs. The first showing of the font is credited to L. Johnson & Company in 1847 but the first specimen is found in the 1853 catalog by Bill, Stark, & Company.
Clarendon has remained a popular font throughout its history and saw a massive surge of popularity in the 1970's gracing numerous record covers and show posters. You might recognize it from the Sony logo, older National Parks informational signs, and the Wells Fargo Logo.
This poster is the shortest pangram in the series to date that I have written myself. You'll notice, if you look closely, that there is a letter missing. Unfortunately, this drawer of type was missing that letter and all of it's punctuation. You never know what you are going to get when uncovering a collection of this magnitude and sadly not all of the typefaces in the collection are complete. However, I thought that the size and excellent condition of this type, as well as it's historical significance, warranted a place in the poster series.
Each poster in this series will consist of a pangram, a sentence that contains all the letters in the alphabet, showing off a different typeface from the Jon Selikoff Collection here at IS Projects.
5% of all proceeds from this projects will go to the Greater New York Chapter of the ALS Association in Jon’s memory to raise awareness and fund research for a cure!
Printed in August 2018