Dinner to the American Press Humorists (1906)
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Missal Initials also appear in other menus from this period. Here’s a red ‘C’ from the menu for a Complimentary Dinner given in honor of Alfred J. Boulton and William A. Prendergast by the Brooklyn League on 16 December 1907 [NYPL]. The text face is Plate Text No. 4 (BB&S):
From top to bottom:
Missal Initials (1904), Hershey Italian Gothic (c. 1967), Minotaur Lombardic (Production Type, 2014/2017).
Although the technical limitation takes its toll here and there, A.V. Hershey’s interpretation stays relatively close to Bradley’s design. Production Type took more liberties for their Lombardic caps. Most importantly, the spacing is now proportional, see especially ‘W’. Several characters like ‘F’, ‘G’ or ‘T’ got a less ambiguous form, some were “romanized” (‘Z’). The ‘O’ became more fancy, so that this cap is different from the standard Minotaur, too.