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Old 06-16-2006, 11:00 AM   #1
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Default Dwiggins Initials

Hi all,

Tuesday was my 48th birthday, which is the opus number of Schumann's "Dichterliebe". I am apparently not on the forum birthday greetings list, alas.

A number of years ago (1997? 98?) I found a font specimen book from Plimpton Press, Norwood, Massachusetts, at a used bookstore in Bangor, Maine. The fonts it offers date the book in the late 40s or 50s, and a Supplement of display type is dated January, 1959.

Towards the end of the regular specimens are specimens of four "Dwiggins" Initials: 36, 41, 42 and 48. I've never seen them in a specimen book before, but I had seen 48 as initial caps in (I think) a book about opera plots from the 1950s or 60s. They so intrigued me that I made digital versions with Fontographer -- and I worked really hard on the 48-point initials. And I've never seen them anywhere else. See attachment.

I've read about Dwiggins in various places, including the web, and know about his other fonts, including Caledonia. But I've seen scant mention of these initials. Are there any smart people out there with any information about these initials, just to satisfy my curiosity?
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