Metal Type

On a whim (my whims are strange) I decided to buy my first font — an actual set of 20th Century Bold, 30 pt., cast in lead. My ongoing fascination with typography always needs more fuel, and getting to play with a font in its three-dimensional form brings new meaning to the names I’ve thus far only given to items on a page or a screen — leading, ems, dashes and brackes that I can hold in my hand. It’s just the beginning of a fascination, but I can imagine how quickly it could elevate into a full-blown hobby.

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