While researching Robb & Ecklin, typefounders in Philadelphia from 1836 to 1844, I discovered information that sheds new light on the history of typefounding in that city and challenges some commonly-held facts. The inquiry that led me to this new information was whether typefounder Edwin Starr (or one of his brothers) intersected with Jedidiah Howe, whose foundry Robb & Ecklin took over, or with Samuel Ecklin or Alexander Robb themselves. [Read more]
I am making a census of the 1882 specimen book issued by George Bruce’s Son New-York Type-Foundry. Would anyone owning copies please get in touch with me so that I can ask several questions about your copy. Thank you.