Stu Henlis responded to Charles Ross's original query with a nice capsule
history of L&C, LSC, WTC, and almost ITC. I think Letraset's Priemier
Lightline is very similar, and there is a digital version of that called
Premium Thin, but the original film version of L&C Hairline, while perhaps
not popular, is a very elegant pseudo-Deco display face. It came with
hundreds of alternates and in the hands of Lubalin could be made to sing.
I used it once, badly, on a pair of book covers in the early 70s, when I
didn't realize that certain faces (including many from the Lubalin school)
need to be large - 72pt or better. The letterfit is critical, and I think
they look their best when arranged in a clump (if you'll permit the jargon
:-)) rather than linearly - at least the Lubalin designs. Some can look
fine when set in smaller sizes or simple lines of text but that's not
really what they were designed for. IMHO.
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