I believe you are correct. Bit late in the game for manufacturer's stamps.
Given the near mid-century dating of Shadow I’d guess its manufacturer was
Hamilton, simply because it does not seemingly show up in AWT catalogs, and
there just weren’t a lot of US wood type manufacturers left by that time.
Also the fact that the later “rounded” Shadow [your Shadow] seems a US
The flurry of foundry activity re “3-D” inline lineale faces seems to begin
about 1928 and ends about 1936. If a wood type version was made I’d suspect
it would have been cut about that time or shortly thereafter.
Foundry chronology: Shadow/Umbra and variants (3-D inline, lineale)
Berthold Grotesque—> Plastica, 1928 [ref. Jaspert, Berry & Johnson]
Gill Sans—> Gill Shadow No. 1, [variant], 1928-30, Monotype (d. E Gill)
[ref. Jaspert, Berry & Johnson]
Granby—> Granby Shadow, 1930-, Stephenson Blake [ref. Jaspert, Berry &
Semplicita—> Semplicità Ombra, 1931, Nebiolo 1931 [ref. Jaspert, Berry &
Umbra, 1932 [inline supposedly based on Tempo, 1930-], Ludlow (d. R H
Middleton) [ref. MacGrew (J,B&J says 1934) (RHM biography says 1932)]
ATF Umbra (cross-licensed from SB/Berthold/Nebiolo?) [no ref. but listed in
mid-century and later AWT catalogues as ATF foundry type offering along with
Stephenson Blake Shadow]
ATF Shadow, 1934/5 (d. M Benton) [ref. MacGrew]
[I suspect reworked from variants of ATF Agency Gothic, 1932/3—> ATF Agency
Gothic Open, 1934 (d. M Benton) shown in Jaspert, Berry & Johnson, based on
the success of Plastica/Shadow/Ombra model but with rounded forms and
Intertype Shadow, 1936, slight variant based on ATF Shadow
All best, hope your exhibition goes well, please put up a notice of it.
On Sat, 1 Sep 2001 13:20:17 -0500, Vincent Golden <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>There is not manufacturer's stamp on the capital A. Shadow in metal was
>much after 1900 and it is not covered in Kelly as this appears to be made
>much later than when Kelly ends.
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>Subject: wood type manufacture
>If you look at a capital "A", the manufacturer of the type was sometimes
>punched into the sides of the type for idenfication. If not there, try
>looking for it in the Rob Roy Kelly's book on wood type called "American
>Wood Type: 1828-1900." Should be easy to find on the net.