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Tossed into the Thames a century ago, a destroyed typeface is brought back to life


The Economist has the story of Doves, the signature typeface of Londons Doves Press, which met its fate 100 years ago at the bottom of the River Thames as co-founder Thomas Cobden-Sanderson threw some 2,600 pounds of type and casts from Hammersmith Bridge over the course of several years. Cobden-Sanderson was a self-described visionary and fanatic who maintained a tight managerial grip on the press hed helped create, and when a business deal with his partner went south, he exacted the ultimate revenge — destroying the very letters that had helped make Doves Press successful in the first place.

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