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The Republic Gothic series was among the last original wood type designs manufactured by Hamilton Manufacturing Co. It was first shown in Hamilto… Read More
The Republic Gothic series was among the last original wood type designs manufactured by Hamilton Manufacturing Co. It was first shown in Hamilton's New Gothic Faces in Wood Type (c. 1920). The design features a sans-serif style reminiscent of brush-formed letters popular with sign painters of the era. Originally issued in 6 different widths and in both outline and solid versions, this digital release features the "Extended" width known as Hamilton Republic Gothic series 775 & 776. The pair of outline and solid is designed as 'chromatics' that can be printed one over the other to achieve multiple color effects or individually as stylistic alternatives. This release features the first ever digitization of Republic Gothic. The two fonts are carefully aligned and kerned to allow for multicolor overlayment in any digital design program. It features a full Western and Central European Character set. Read Less
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Two-color letterpress proof of Republic Gothic pulled at the WNY Book Arts Center
Light inking of Republic Gothic solid wood type indicates clear variations in cuts of what should be an identical typecase (see weight variations in numerals). This could be from different cuttings at different times by possibly different employees of Hamilton, but they are undoubtedly the "same" typeface. Deciding on the optimal weight for the digital version was a matter of instinct as much as math.
Production patterns in the collection of the Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum provided reference for some glyphs not found in basic collections of this face
Republic seen in Hamilton Wood Type Catalog 38 (Newberry Library)
 
Full specimen of final digital version of Republic Gothic