Latest Posts from Britney Balmer

Linn Boyd Benton’s Self Spacing Type

During the 1880s, the type industry began to face a frustrating design problem. Because type supplies – sizes, widths, base alignment and metal alloy – were uncommon, most printing establishments had no choice but to continue a business relationship with a single type foundry rather than branching out into others. The lack of advanced printing…

Linn Boyd Benton’s Century Typeface

Century is a family of serif typefaces meant for use in body text. Linn Boyd Benton with American Type Founders (ATF) designed this font in 1894, for Theodore Low De Vinne to be used in The Century Magazine. Following his many machine-produced typography inventions, this typeface was the only one created by Benton during his…

Linn Boyd Benton

Linn Boyd Benton was a 19th century font designer recognized for creating the pantographic engraving of type punches. Though he is not very well known, he made a huge impact on printing technologies in his lifetime and serves as a forerunner for many of the modern print technologies. On May 13th, 1844 in Little Falls,…

Damsels in Distress

The damsel in distress trope has appeared in mainstream media for as long as I can personally remember. Researching images that depict this trope shows that it has been prominent for much longer than that. The three images I chose to analyze come from a propaganda poster, a comic book cover, and a cartoon show…