New York City’s Lost Type District

A nifty bit of detective work from Tobias Frere-Jones.

I was able to plot out the locations for every foundry that had been active in New York between 1828 (the earliest records I could find with addresses) to 1909. All of the buildings have been demolished, and in some cases the entire street has since been erased. But a startling picture still emerged: New York once had a neighborhood for typography.

Read the full article at Slate.


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