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The Composing Room type specimens
Steven Heller Collection: Posters: The Composing Room typography specimens
May 14, 2013

The Composing Room type specimens

By: bethkleber

The Composing Room, founded in 1927 by Sol Cantor and Dr. Robert Leslie in New York City, was not only the city’s preeminent typesetting firm, but also the hub for progressive intellectual and educational activities within graphic arts from the late 1930s through the 1960s. Under the guidance of Leslie, The Composing Room held exhibitions, lecture series, type clinics, and produced one of America’s most influential graphic arts magazines, PM (Production Manager), later called AD (Art Director).

Grid of orbs made out of text; header is "18 pt types for machine composition"

 

Close up of grid of orbs made out of text; header is "18 pt types for machine composition"

 

Black text on green paper describing the virtues of the font "Ludlow Garamond Light Italic"

 

Black text on yellow paper; grid of alphabet characters in between header text