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¶ "WAD" PARKER of the American Type Founders Company one day called my attention to the large initial "A" which I had used in my book The Alphabet, just published by Mitchell Kennerley, and asked me if I would complete for the A.T.F. the remaining letters of the alphabet in the same spirit and character. This I did, and I produced what he was pleased to say "were the best Gdd initials ever made." Maybe he was a little strong both as to sentiment and appreciation, but Cloister initials (Goudy Initials) have had a along and useful life and are still extensively used and copied. I include them in this account of my types not because they are "types" in the usual sense, but because the foundry actually engraved matrices from my drawings and cast the initials as type in a type mould.
¶ IN THE Record of Goudy Types Cloister Initials (Goudy Initials) are inaccurately numbered "93". They are properly placed here, but too late to be given the proper consecutive number without renumbering all of the designs following them. In The Story of The Village Type Cloister Initials (Goudy Initials) were mentioned as designed in 1916, which is incorrect, since The Alphabet was not published until 1918.
¶ GOUDY INITIALS; Soon after the 1918 release of Frederic W. Goudy 's book, The Alphabet, Goudy was encouraged to design a complete alphabet of new initials modelled after the floriated A' which he designed to introduce the text. Curiously, Goudy did not think of the design as type in the strictest sense, but rather thought of the initials as typecuts. Done in the same tradition as the initials of Ratdolt and Tory, Goudy's design is both lucid and beautiful. The strong Jacobean tracery work behind each letter is handled with such care that the individual letterforms stand out clearly. The design was readily purchased from Goudy by Lanston for making into matrices for use on the newest machine, the Giant Caster. These large point size matrices were an instant sales success and many fonts were sold. Interestingly, it was only a year later in 1920 that Frederic Goudy became Lanston's Art Director; the formal beginning of the famous Goudy Lanston relationship lasting for over twenty nine years.
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