October 23th, 2001

Mrs. Eaves

Mrs. Eaves, designed 1996 by Zuzana Licko (*1961). founder of the famous typefoundry Emigre. The typeface is named after Sarah Eaves, the woman who became John Baskerville's wife. As Baskerville was setting up his printing and type business, Mrs. Eaves moved in with him as a live-in housekeeper, eventually becoming his wife after the death of her first husband, Mr. Eaves. Like the widows of Caslon, Bodoni, and the daughters of Fournier, Sarah similarly completed the printing of the unfinished volumes that John Baskerville left upon his death.

Palatino, detail from “Kurt Kocherscheidt”

September 28th, 2001


Giovanbattista Palatino, after whom the Palatino typefaces are named, was a writing master of the 16th century in Rome. His work inspired the german type designer Hermann Zapf (1918–2015) although none of Hermann Zapf’s typefaces could be said to be literal revivals of Giovanbattista Palatino’s letters. Designed between 1948 and 1950, Palatino was first released as in lead type form by the German typefoundry D. Stempel AG in Frankfurt, and quickly became one of the world’s most popular typefaces. The original Palatino Roman and Italic punches were cut by hand by punchcutter August Rosenberger.

Franklin Gothic, detail from “Kurt Kocherscheidt”

September 27th, 2001

Franklin Gothic

Franklin Gothic and its related faces, are realist sans-serif typefaces originated by Morris Fuller Benton (1872–1948) in 1902. “Gothic” is an increasingly archaic term meaning sans-serif. Despite a period of eclipse in the 1930s, after the introduction of such European faces as Kabel and Futura, they were re-discovered by American designers in the 1940s and have remained popular ever since.