I LANSTON TYPE COMPANY I GERALD GIAMPA I
¶ SPECIAL NOTE: Printing historian, John Dreyfus, passed away 29 December 2002. John will be much missed by his friends and family. I valued greatly my time spent with John. We shared many interests. Also he shared with me some personal thoughts and regrets.
John Dreyfus had produced a book I ordered when young. It was both inspiring and refreshing. It consisted of a gathering together of letters between Van Krimpen and Stanley Morison about the Benton pantograph punch cutting machine vs. punches cut by hand.
¶ ALMOND SYSTEMS wrote 'Easy Border' nobody seemed to want, the dealers seemed to be wanting it even less. What makes me think I would have better luck?
No one used typographical fleurons when I took up the trade. I know, Wil Hudson threw the occasional fleuron into his composing type stick for good measure, Jack Stauffacher used them in his youth, denied it later though. Wesley Tanner dickered with them once or twice. Hans Schmoller, Penguin Books used them and believe it or not even Jan Tschichold used them later in his life. John Dreyfus not only played with them, he wrote about them. Frederick Warde and Bruce Rogers made a couple of shekels with their play pens full of them. I guess some of us never grow up, some of us just grow older.
So, as I said, no one ever used the little things.
By the time I came around fleurons were dusty orphans hidden in the corners of type cases in need of a good wash down. I did just that, scrubbed them up, gave the dainty little ladies a first class upbringing. I made them regular uptown presentable.
So maybe, just maybe . . .
I should write a little program called 'The Fleuron Master'.
Do you like boats? Lets take a look in Helsinki Harbour, I'll show you around.