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Morris, Boston/Central TFs 1889 | by The Type Heritage Project [THP]
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Morris, Boston/Central TFs 1889

According to William E. Loy,¹ John F. Cumming cut this face for the Boston Type Foundry between 1881 and 1884. This specimen is excerpted from the combined Central/Boston catalog of 1889.


Central Type Foundry (St. Louis) was originally a branch of Boston TF. In 1874, two former BTF executives purchased it from the parent foundry. When the BTF owner died in 1888, they purchased his controlling stock. Thereafter, catalogs and commercial specimens were combined.


Many thanks to Stephen O. Saxe for furnishing this specimen—it solves a baffling mystery!


Learn more about connections between the Boston and Caslon TFs:


Learn more about J.F. Cumming and his work:



¹Loy, W.E. (1898-1900): Designers and Engravers of Type. In Inland Printer, July 1898.

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Taken on May 22, 2012