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Salon Series 19: Wood Type

  • Date
  • Time
  • Led By Stephen Coles
  • Where Letterform Archive

Join us for our Salon Series, where Letterform Archive staff invite you to experience materials related to a specific topic of interest to the Collection.

Big, bold, and brash, nothing grabs attention quite like wood type. With the Industrial Revolution came mass production, urbanism, and advertising, demanding typefaces that could fill posters and engage audiences. Supplementing metal casting with wood-cut letters allowed type manufacturers to push size, weight, width, and ornamentation to dramatic extremes. In our next Salon, Associate Curator Stephen Coles will explore the Archive’s collection of wood type specimens, from colorful chromatics to wacky oddities, along with the ways wood type has been used and revived over the last two centuries.

About the Salon Series

The Archive Salon Series is a monthly event featuring a member of the staff — or a guest expert — taking a deeper dive into specific collections or themes within the Archive. Salons feature a live overhead camera so our audience can experience the objects as they would in person. It’s a unique chance to discuss the work we love while showing the objects themselves. Salon video recordings are available to Letterform Archive members.


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