P22 and Hamilton Wood Type Foundry have just announced their latest font: HWT Roman Extended Lightface. A portion of the proceeds from all sales of HWT digital fonts goes to support the operation of the Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum in Two Rivers, WI, which is in the middle of a fund drive to help move the museum to a new location.
The Society of Typographic Aficionados (SOTA) has generously offered Hamilton Wood Type and its donors a dollar-for-dollar matching grant up to $7500 to assist with the cost of moving the museum. This matching grant is in effect through December 31, 2012 and gives Hamilton supporters the chance double their contribution with the potential of raising $15,000 towards our goal of $250,000.
The Roman alphabet has seen endless variations in interpretations of its classical form, and various wood type styles managed to explore everything from XXX condensed to hyper extended and expanded. This delicate and handsomely proportioned extended Roman was issued by Page Manufacturing Co. in 1872 and released as simply “No. 251″ after Page was acquired by Hamilton. It is a rare font to find in print shops, most likely due to the very fine lines that would no doubt be less durable than bolder gothic jobbing fonts. While being quite wide, it still holds the elegant grace of wide Romans such as Craw Modern. This new digitization features a full Western and Eastern European Charcater set as well as ligatures and alternate characters.