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Death of a typeface: The drowning of Doves Type

Posted on by Mike Evans

One night a hundred years ago an old man was seen pushing over 2,000 pounds of lead into the Thames at Hammersmith Bridge. It was the last of the renowned Doves Type which had powered one of the 20th century's leading private printing firms. What led him to destroy his life's work? Read more on Macfilos/tech here. Meanwhile here are some shots of the scene of the crime taken yesterday, a misty morning, with my Sony A7r and Leica 35mm Summilux FLE.

Above: Hammersmith Bridge where all remaining examples of Doves Type were tipped overboard. Below: Workshop of The Doves Press.

Above: Hammersmith Bridge where all remaining examples of Doves Type were tipped overboard. Below: Workshop of The Doves Press.

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Above: The ancient Dove public house which gave its name to the Doves Press. Below: Commemorative plaque on the wall of the house which was used as a printing works

Above: The ancient Dove public house which gave its name to the Doves Press. Below: Commemorative plaque on the wall of the house which was used as a printing works

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The other side of the Thames, viewed from near The Dove, on a misty January morning

The other side of the Thames, viewed from near The Dove, on a misty January morning

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