Boston Line / Philadelphia Line

Boston Line_bostonMy BOSTON LINE fonts were inspired by Boston Line Type, developed in the 1830s by Samuel Gridley Howe (left) for use in raised-letter printing for the blind.  The odd diamond-shaped a, d, and o and generous spacing give the inkless, embossed pages a strange beauty.  A variety of books were eventually printed with this distinctive type, including a beautiful Bible of in 1842. Many blind people found Roman letters difficult to read and all such systems were eventually replaced by Braille.  Howe’s legacy lives on in Boston’s Perkins School for the Blind, which he founded.

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Boston Line_philadelphiaThe compatible PHILADELPHIA LINE fonts were inspired by another raised-print font, this one developed by Julius Friedlander (left) and adopted in 1837 by his school in Philadelphia, now the Overbrook School for the Blind.

Similarities between the two styles include the peculiar form of certain characters (b, e, k, u) and the avoidance of descenders (j, p, y). Differences include Philadelphia’s separate upper and lower cases and its conventionally rounded a, d, h, m, and n.Boston Line_philadelphiaEx

I’ve also made Alternate fonts with conventional descending j, p, q and y, and a Bold version of each.

The 4 BOSTON fonts include lowercase, punctuation, numbers, and international characters.

The 4 PHILADELPHIA fonts include upper- and lowercase, punctuation, numbers, and international characters.

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