Black Rock Press Wood Type Identification

Hi everyone! We have been working on identifying all of our wood type at Black Rock Press and luckily we have been able to identify most of them. But there are still quite a few that we can’t find in our specimen books. If anyone knows the name of these fonts we would really appreciate your help! Or if anyone knows of some resources we could use to identify these that would also be appreciated! Thanks in advance!

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It would help immensely if you showed a proof of the complete fonts. Here’s my best guess given the few letters shown.

1. Binner Gothic Modified
2. Gothic Italic No. 45 (Hamilton)(probably)
3. Page No. 156 aka Mikado aka Hamilton 204
4. Cheltenham Bold Condensed
5. Freehand
6. Tuscan Egyptian Condensed (probably)
7. Hamilton No. 659 (maybe)
10.DeVinne (probably)
11. Formal Script
12. Cheltenham Extended Open

Additional info:

7. McCullugh (Hamilton 658 Page 101 of Hamilton’s Catalog 17). It’s not called McCullugh in the catalog but you can see the ATF specimen at this link:

8. Very similar to Hamilton 349 (Page 157 of same specimen), although the shadow lines are uneven on your type but even on the 349. Your type letter shape is the as Page’s Roman Shaded but is missing the “fill” area shown in Page’s specimen. I’d call this Roman Shaded.

11. Formal script can be seen as Hamilton 6128 on Page 147 of the same specimen.

I use this Hamilton Catalog 17 reprint all the time - thanks to John Horn who is the very same person who commented above me.


Thanks for adding that additional information Mike. I had no idea that the Hamilton series 656, 658, 659, and 660 was based on an ATF design.


I’m not sure where I picked up the McCullugh name from, but I’ve got it penciled in on the specimen.

Also - I fixed the link above - for some reason it wasn’t going straight to the right page.


7. It should be noted that Tubbs’ 2189, Pointed Gothic Cond., has a better matching ‘R’ than Hamilton’s No. 659, I agree that some of McCullagh’s characters are similar. Notice the corrected spelling of McCullagh. The metal type was first shown around April 1897 in the Inland Printer.

Dave Greer

Wow, thank you John, Mike and Dave for your help! That Hamilton Catalog is such a great resource.