Card Text
In her overview of Gothic Types, Nicolette Gray cites Caslon’s Elongated Anglo-Saxon and an open derivative as the earliest examples of these designs in Great Britain, c1868. She further notes the tradenames of similar ones, Card Text and Siderographic, and a German specimen dated 1868.¹

Specimens of Elongated Anglo-Saxon still shown in the Caslon catalog of 1915 match Card Text owned by MacKellar, Smiths & Jordan (Philadelphia):

In 1867–1868, US immigrant Edwin C. Ruthven [b Scotland, 1811]² patented Card Text and an open derivative assigned to MSJ. Ruthven’s affidavit claims that he “invented and produced” these designs, meaning that he conceived the letterforms and also cut the punches.

Five years later, Henry Brehmer [b Germany, 1840]² patented three faces assigned to James M. Conner (Conner TF, New York): Siderographic, S. Ornate and S. Shaded. His affidavits read that he “originated and designed” them (he conceived the letterforms, someone else may have cut the punches).

This letterpress typeface has not been digitally archived for posterity.

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¹Gray, N. (1938): Appendix III, First Examples of the Principal Type Faces. In XIXth Century Ornamented Types and Title Pages, page 154. Faber and Faber Limited, London.
²Loy, W.E. (1898–1900): Designers and Engravers of Type. In The Inland Printer, April 1899 (Ruthven); November 1899 (Brehmer).
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