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Frederic Goudy (1865 - 1947)
||A plaque in the Old Town Cemetery
commemorates type designer Frederic William Goudy
(18651947) and his partner-wife Bertha
Goudy. who lived in nearby Marlboro.
Born in Bloomington, Illinois, Goudy is celebrated
as one of the finest and most prolific type designers
||In 1905, Goudy established his
first press, which he moved to New York City
the next year. His wife, Bertha M. Sprinks Goudy,
acted as typesetter.
His most widely used type, "Goudy Oldstyle",
was released by the American Type Founders Company
in 1915, becoming an instant classic. Kennerley,
Deepdene, Garamont, and Forum are a few of his
more than 100 typefaces.
About 75 of his designs were destroyed when his
plant burned down in 1939.
Goudy is the author of The Alphabet (1918), Elements
of Lettering (1922), and Typologia (1940).