Eye-catching, iconoclastic, grotesque, ornamented, and instantly recognizable – wood display faces were the raw material for advertising, posters, and public announcements throughout the nineteenth century and into the twentieth. The Wood Type Collection consists of 356 fonts of wood printing type dating from the 1850s to the 1960s, primarily of pantograph-and-router-cut endgrain hardwood but representing a range of manufacturing methods including die-cut, hand-cut, and veneer types and ornamental borders. The collection is a valuable resource for researchers interested in the development, design, manufacture, and use of wood type over the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries – including designers, printers, printing historians, typography historians, book history/print culture students, and others.
The majority of the types were a gift of Roy Gurney in 1974. Additional types were donated by Mary Williamson in 1999.
An index for the collection, which includes a growing number of printed type specimens, can be accessed here.