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The Bentons
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The ease with which we can choose a typeface today from a plethora of options to fit a particular need is something we may take for granted, but it is possible only because of the tremendous amount of labor and ingenuity that came before. The story of the lives and work of Linn Boyd Benton and Morris Fuller Benton is an important chapter in the history of type, recalling a time in American history when men quietly worked at developing and improving mechanical technologies that they thought would continue evolving incrementally into the future.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xiii-xvi
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  1. A Note on Sources
  2. p. xvii
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  1. 1 Metal Type
  2. pp. 1-18
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  1. 2 Three Generations of Bentons
  2. pp. 19-32
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  1. Part One Type Founding in Milwaukee 1873 to 1892
  2. p. 33
  1. 3 The North-Western Type Foundry
  2. pp. 35-42
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  1. 4 Challenges and Solutions
  2. pp. 43-56
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  1. 5 The Development of Benton’s Punch-Cutting Machine, and How It Made the Linotype a Success
  2. pp. 57-76
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  1. Part Two The Bentons and the American Type Founders Company 1892 to 1948
  2. p. 76
  1. 6 The Formation of the American Type Founders Company
  2. pp. 79-86
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  1. 7 Linn Boyd Benton and the Century Type
  2. pp. 87-92
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  1. 8 An Overview of Linn Boyd Benton’s Patented Inventions
  2. pp. 93-102
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  1. 9 Morris Benton at ATF
  2. pp. 103-116
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  1. 10 How Type Was Made at ATF
  2. pp. 117-146
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  1. 11 The Benton Family’s Early Years in Plainfield, New Jersey
  2. pp. 147-156
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  1. 12 Prosperity and Hard Times
  2. pp. 157-168
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  1. 13 The Typographic Climate in the Early Twentieth Century
  2. pp. 169-184
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  1. 14 Morris Benton’s Type Designs
  2. pp. 185-256
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  1. 15 The Later Plainfield Years
  2. pp. 257-266
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  1. 16 The Benton Legacy
  2. pp. 267-276
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  1. Appendix A
  2. pp. 277-288
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  1. Appendix B
  2. pp. 289-328
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  1. Credits
  2. pp. 329-340
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 341-360
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 361-372
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