Wood Type

Aldine

08-09-WT-Aldine-300x68by Jim Thompson, IPM Board of Trustees

The wood type of the month for August is called Aldine. It is a derivative of the antique type style but it includes the bracketed serifs of the Clarendon style. This means that the junction of the serif and a stroke has a rounded fillet that provides a smoother transition instead of an abrupt 90-degree angle. According to R. R. Kelly, the Aldine wood-type was first introduced by William H. Page in 1870, and was widely used for posters for the next 30 years. Ultimately the Aldine typeface was cast in metal for other applications. Our RUSTIC sample is a 10-line wood-type manufactured by the Hamilton Co.