Chromatic Wood Type Explained

Posted by: Matt Rieck 1 year, 2 months ago

In the middle of the American Victorian era (1860s–1870s) a new method of introducing a splash of color to letterpress printing was invented by William H. Page in Connecticut. Chromatic wood type allowed for a circus-like color effect to dance across the printed page. Through the passage of time and loss of actual chromatic fonts, the concept of overprinting one ink on a second ink using separate wood type blocks to create a third color has been lost and/or misunderstood. Here we will showcase how the letterpress printer can unleash a circus of color with Virgin Wood Type's Chromatic Ornate.

Illustration of how chromatic type works

You can now print your own circus by buying single characters of Chromatic Ornate.

NEXT BLOG POST: Looking at William H. Page's Specimens of Chromatic Wood Type.

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