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Typefaces designated as Latins were popular during the last half of the nineteenth century. One of the styles that continued to be popular into the twentieth century is the bold condensed Latin. Readily identifiable by its triangular serifs and sharp terminals on the strokes of some of the lowercase letters, Latin Condensed makes an interesting display type; its condensed proportions easily solve copyfitting problems.
Gerry Powell, typographer, industrial designer, and director of typographic design for American Type Founders, designed Onyx for ATF in 1937. A very popular advertising type in the 1940s, Onyx resembles an extremely condensed, bold member of the Bodoni family. Onyx is a good display face, with proportions that make it readable even when space is at a premium.
This 1935 design from the Monotype Corporation is an extremely condensed display face that has a slight flavor of nineteenth-century wood type. Runic Condensed is tall and lean with a huge x-height and hairline serifs. It is an ideal display type for eccentric pieces where space is at a premium.
Runic is a trademark of The Monotype Corporation.
Latin is a trademark of The Monotype Corporation and may be registered in certain jurisdictions.
Onyx is a trademark of The Monotype Corporation registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and which may be registered in certain other jurisdictions.