OT: Times history (was Re: [OS X TeX] Newbie install and font question)

William Adams wadams at atlis.com
Tue Mar 19 14:41:00 CET 2002

Peter Erwin (erwin at ll.iac.es) said:
(THIS time I've got the attribution right ;)
 >(Of course, since there are n different PostScript versions of Times 
floating around
 >out there, I'm not sure whose versions should really be considered 

There was a very nice article detailing the history of the various 
versions of Times and its provenance in the APHA's journal a while 
back---one can see hints of its beginnings in Walter Tracy's wonderful 
book _Letters of Credit_ (digest version: it may have been based on an 
alphabet design by American yacht designer Starling Burgess which Monotype 
had in their archives and Stanley Morison and Victor Lardent ``adapted'' 
for _The Times_ of London when they wanted a new typeface, regardless, 
Linotype did a version here in the US, since Monotype didn't publish it / 
trademark it quickly enough, and rather than have a long drawn-out legal 
battle, all the parties involved agreed to share the design and to never 
speak of the agreement in a gentlemanly fashion---that's why Linotype has 
the trademark ``Times'' while Monotype has ``Times New Roman'')


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