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The 'Plaque Decoupee Universelle': a geometric sanserif in 1870s Paris

Kindel, E. (2007) The 'Plaque Decoupee Universelle': a geometric sanserif in 1870s Paris. In: Typography Papers 7. Hyphen Press, pp. 71-80. ISBN 9780907259336

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Abstract/Summary

A study of the ‘Plaque Découpée Universelle’, a lettering device invented in the United States in 1876 and exhibited and sold in Paris at the 1878 Exposition Universelle and elsewhere. The device and associated promotional items are shown and the concepts underlying its geometric sanserif characters explored through patent documents and promotional texts. The invention is then broadly situated relative to contemporary French education and culture, and to early twentieth-century experiments in letterform design.

Item Type:Book or Report Section
Refereed:No
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Arts and Communication Design > Typography & Graphic Communication
ID Code:23011
Additional Information:An irregular collection of papers edited at the Department of Typography, University of Reading
Publisher:Hyphen Press

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