The History of Times New Roman

And it’s full of controversy!  It’s hard to believe that something as strange as the creation of a font could be so riveting but it is.  Typographic expert Mike Parker has been at the forefront to solve the mystery of Times New Roman’s creator for the past 20 years.  The 88-year-old shows no signs of letting down until the mystery is unravelled. 

“The case that Parker makes about the real origins of Times New Roman stands on narrow foundations. The sole piece of surviving evidence for his version of history is a brass pattern plate bearing a large capital letter B. He holds the plate up to show the familiar form of the letter, its characteristic curves and serifs. The point, he says, is that such pattern plates represent a technology that was not used after 1915. The creation of Times New Roman was announced in 1932.”

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