Appleton Coated announces Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum selected Antique Egyptian to feature in the second in a limited series of type specimen sheets. These signed and numbered posters highlight classic typefaces, letterpress printing, and Utopia coated papers and Curious Collection papers.
“Antique Egyptian defined one of the most memorable messages of the American frontier: WANTED!” says Ferkó X. Goldinger, advertising and promotion manager at Appleton Coated. “The specimen sheets are printed on Utopia One Matte Blue White and SKIN Curious Collection Absynthe and Pink. These bright sheets convey the boldness of this font and print’s ability to stop you in your tracks.”
“There were earlier ornamented Egyptian fonts, but this one is special to Hamilton as it was cut in 1880s during the company’s early years in business,” notes Bill Moran, artistic director for Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum. More than 130 years later, the Museum’s collection in Two Rivers, Wisconsin has grown to 1.5 million pieces of wood type and more than 1,000 styles and sizes of patterns.
Appleton Coated, a Wisconsin-based company incorporated in 1889, has seen many Hamilton fonts printed on its papers. In 2012, Appleton Coated became an official sponsor of the Museum’s type specimen sheet archiving program and documentation of its type collection.
Limited to 500 total posters, Moran printed the 9.25x19-inch specimen sheets on 100-pound cover in two colors on a Vandercook Proof Press. As curators of one of the premier wood type collections in the world, Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum is the only museum dedicated to the preservation, study, production and printing of wood type.