Cameo and Shade
Charles H. Beeler, a MacKellar, Smiths & Jordan employee, designed and cut Cameo.¹ Filed by Inventor of Record MSJ partner Richard Smith, the patent application was approved in March 1874 with assignment to the corporation. Nicolette Gray notes that it was shown in the Caslon Circular of 1886.²

Cameo is the “reverse” of Shade, likewise designed/cut by Beeler and patented by Smith in 1873–1874. These letterpress typefaces have been preserved for posterity as digital fonts.

By 1885, the MSJ catalog also showed Opaque Shaded, a variation with ray shading, displaying a “piggy-back” patent notice (and strategically positioned 30 pages after the others!).

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More updates of Nicolette Gray’s research of 19th-century type trends in Great Britain:

¹Loy, W.E. (1898–1900): Designers and Engravers of Type. In The Inland Printer, December 1899.
²Gray, N. (1938): XIXth Century Ornamented Types and Title Pages, page 206. Faber and Faber Limited, London.
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