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Comment by anthony martin on February 10, 2014 at 7:11pm

In the 1890's the artist Will Bradley(a fine illustrator incidentally) in his capacity as art director for several magazines set about substituting conservative,traditional type fonts for the varied Victorian novelty type styles as he deplored them as artificially bad design and the world became a slightly more prosaic enviornment.The Victorian practice of using mixed fonts on the same page is  charming as well as visually bold and playful.Thanks for sharing these.

Comment by Joe Bethancourt on February 10, 2014 at 7:21pm

I have always regarded the mixed font style as kin to the shouting of a carnival barker. Walt Kelly apparently felt the same way, as witness the lettering for his Pogo character PT Bridgeport.

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