Grecian X Condensed, 19.5 line

Specimen of Grecian X Condensed

This type measures 19½ line in size and appears to have been cut by hand. The type block does not have a manufacturer’s stamp.

This particular cut was modeled on a face shown as wood type by Darius Wells and E.R. Webb in L. Johnson’s 1846 Specimen of Wood Letter. 

This cut of Grecian Condensed was shown in  American Wood Type  on page 273 and in the folio on page 79.

Kelly noted that this cutting came from a country newspaper office in central Nebraska (noted as western Nebraska in folio notes). The owner remembered his father telling of purchasing the type from salvage of a well established South Dakota newspaper shop that burned in 1885. Type appears to have been entirely cut by hand. Also note odd sizing.