“From 1850 to 1870, advertising exploded in America; the typographic rage became ever narrower display types. By 1875, most wood type makers and some foundries offered X, XX, and XXX Condensed Gothics, Moderns, Clarendons & Antiques. Such compression fixes stroke weight, spacing & counters, limiting design to detail & horizontals. In this type, Jim Parkinson refines the XX Condensed with 20th century grace notes.” Font Bureau, 1995
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