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The Proliferation of 19th- (and 20th-) Century Wood Type and Its Impact on Typographic Norms

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  • Led By David Shields
  • Where SFPL Main Library, Koret Auditorium

“…running from one falling star to another…” (Kerouac, 1957)

Throughout the nineteenth (and early twentieth) century the proliferation of wood type played an integral role in the creation of American visual culture. With the introduction in 1827 of innovative, low cost production techniques, and the proliferation of a wide range of styles and sizes, wood type gave tremendous impetus to job printing and mass advertising.

This event is part of the Letterform Lecture series, co-presented by Type@Cooper West and the San Francisco Public Library, and sponsored by Adobe Typekit.

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