HWT Unit GOTHIC
A Wood Type FOnt System in 7 Widths
Digitized by James Todd
The Unit Gothic series was released by Hamilton Manufacturing Co. in 1907. This sans serif family features one of the first multi width/weight type 'systems' anticipating the Univers font system by 50 years. This set of 7 fonts was designed to aid in press room efficiency and with its incremental variation in widths gave poster printers unprecedented flexibility in fitting copy while using consistently harmonious fonts. This HWT release is the first ever digital version of these fonts. Each font contains 600 glyphs including Greek and Cyrillic character sets as well as alternate characters which are based on the actual special character production patterns from the Hamilton Wood Type Museum collection.
From Wood Type by Hamilton, Catalog 38, 1938:
All characters of the same size in any of these seven widths are on uniform bodies with the exception of caps M, W and I, and lower case letters i, j, f, l and t. This series of Unit Gothics will be found invaluable in the production of artistic posters as it embodies an even and gradual reduction in widths. If a line set in type of one width does not fit the space available, another width of the same size will always be right.
7 font price: $149.95