Advancing the Ancient Lettering of the New York Times Nameplate

Even before the Gutenberg printing press, Gothic (also known as Blackletter) was a well-known letterform—with roots dating back to the 700s. Gutenberg would make it the first-ever font. And, centuries later, Henry Jarvis Raymond would use it in the nameplate of his newspaper the New-York Daily Times, today known as the New York Times. Since the paper’s inception, the nameplate’s received many tweaks—from dropping the hyphen and then the period to embellishing portions of individual letters. There’s an extensive and fascinating history that’s led to the nameplate of today. More information and plenty of images are available over at the Times.