Tommy Thompson (type designer)

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Tommy Thompson
Born1906
Died1967 (aged 61)
NationalityAmerican
Known for typography
Notable work
Thompson Quill Script

Samuel Winfield "Tommy" Thompson [1] (1906–1967) [2] was an American calligrapher, graphic artist and typeface designer. He was born Blue Point, New York. In 1944 he became the first designer to earn royalties for a type design, from Photo Lettering Inc. for his Thompson Quill Script. Previously, designers had worked in house for foundries or had sold the rights to their faces outright. He maintained a studio in Norwalk, Connecticut and was the author of several books on type and lettering. [3]

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Typefaces

Thompson designed all of these foundry types: [4]

In addition, he prepared a version of Baskerville for the ATF Typesetter; this was the first 7-unit typeface for the machine, which previously used 5-unit typefaces similar to those used by the Justowriter on which it was built. [5] (Later, in 1964, the ATF Typesetter Model B-8, offered an 18-increment system allowing further improved typesetting.)

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References

  1. Library of Congress. Copyright Office (1947). Catalog of Copyright Entries. New Series: 1946. Copyright Office, Library of Congress. p. 654. Retrieved 2015-04-10.
  2. "Samuel Winfield Thompson 1906–1967 - Arnold-Moberly Families | Tommy Thompson's family profile". myarnolds.com. Retrieved 2015-04-10.
  3. Rollins, Carl Purlington American Type Designers and Their Work. in Print, V. 4, #1, p.18.
  4. MacGrew, Mac, American Metal Typefaces of the Twentieth Century, Oak Knoll Books, New Castle Delaware, 1993, ISBN   0-938768-34-4.
  5. Underwood, Richard G., Production and Manufacturing Problems of American University Presses, Association of American University Presses, 1960.