THIS FONT NOW AVAILABLE
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LANSTON SWING BOLD
¶ LANSTON SWING BOLD, No. 217 was based on Kaufmann Bold which was released by ATF, (American Type Founders) in 1936. Kaufmann proved extremely popular in its day. For that reason ATF was not willing to license the font to Lanston. Lanston slightly modified the face by having their punchcutting department head, Sol Hess, redraw the face. I am not apologizing for the previous decisions made in developing the Lanston Type Library. The face was re-drawn. But also the circumstances were much different in those days than these. I will discuss at some point the differences regarding historical aspects of traditional typeface trademarks.
Also the profoundly misguided laws allowing type manufacturers to steal type face designs. Some type manufacturers strangely have taken to a misuse of the legal system by the legal conversion of trademark properties even though they do not morally own them. What enables them to do so is financial strength.
I am of the opinion that what this world needs is less laws but more good people.
In other words, to apply to the laws of the lands in order to make free with intellectual property and / or trademarks.
Had American Type Founders continued to provide types I would not wish to sell this face. However I feel we are the "second" most entitled to this type face design, first in the use of the trademark. As ATF sold it with the Kaufmann trademark. In either event the face has been offered constantly by the Lanston Type Library for many decades.
Lanston Swing Bold has never been out of style since it was designed. Lanston Swing finds its' place on menus, clothing advertisements, and even car magazine ads.
SOL HESS, TYPE DESIGNER
Postscript is a registered trademark of Adobe Systems Incorporated. Macintosh and TrueType are registered trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc. Lanston Swing, Lanston Swing Bold, and Lanston are trademarks of the Lanston Type Company / Gerald Giampa and his interests. See legals.