What’s better than wood type?
Chromatic wood type.
|Chromatic Celtic Ornamented, from the amazing Roy Roy Kelly digitized archive at UT.|
Chromatic types were designed to print in two or more colors. Each letter had a corresponding pair of separate pieces of type, which when printed in register, would overlap in certain places and create a third color.
The sterling example of Chromatic wood type can be seen in the 1874 specimen book from the William H. Page Wood Type Company, Specimens of Chromatic Type & Borders. Some examples from the book:
|Doric & Doric Shade|
|Via Becca Hirsbrunner’s Flickr set.|
|Via Becca Hirsbrunner’s Flickr set|
|Via Becca Hirsbrunner’s Flickr Set.|
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