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Entry no.: 344

16 Nov 2007, 10:37 AM

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Comments: 7

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"A man who would letterspace lower case would steal sheep." Frederic Goudy.


Reply no.: 1

16 Nov 2007, 2:37 PM


i would steal some sheep when dealing with some bold condensed type, usually on headings...

Reply no.: 2

16 Nov 2007, 3:53 PM


A bit of research reveals that I misquoted Mr. Goudy. The original quotation goes like this:

Anyone who would letterspace blackletter would steal sheep.

What can I say, Vlad, sheep are not what they used to be...

Reply no.: 3

16 Nov 2007, 5:09 PM



Sheep make me think of Eric Gill O_o

Reply no.: 4

16 Nov 2007, 5:26 PM


Really? How come?

I mean, sheep and Erik Spiekermann is an obvious connection, but Gill...?

Reply no.: 5

16 Nov 2007, 5:50 PM


By the way, here's the context that inspired Goudy's famous exclamation:

In 1936, Frederic Goudy was in New York City to receive an award for excellence in type design. Upon accepting a certificate1, he took one look at it and declared that “Anyone who would letterspace black letter would steal sheep.”

1 It seems the handlettered certificate of excellence was set in a heavily letterspaced uppercase blackletter.

Reply no.: 6

17 Nov 2007, 5:23 PM


The title of Erik Spiekermann's book was actually a joke regarding Gill's appetite for diverse things (the wrong sort of appetite) O_o

One of these things where sheep ...

Reply no.: 7

17 Nov 2007, 6:00 PM


Dear God, that's true. The quote was changed from “copulate” to “steal,” it seems.

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