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Countdown: Y

Yes, we’re counting down to the end of the world. Today’s letter is Y, from Brian Willson’s Antiquarian, a draftsmanesque engravers face with cartographic roots.


Typographic Countdown — 7 Days ’til the New Year

Y this morning. The letter is a direct derivation of the Greek upsilon, which in turn comes from the Phoenician waw. As a side note, Y was seen by early English printers (presumably due to its similarity of form in blackletter script) as a suitable replacement sort for Thorn, Þ. This resulted in the ‘Ye Olde Ribbon Shoppe’ phenomenon, which has led some to believe that people actually talked like that. ‘Ye this; Ye that,’ They didn’t. They said ‘The’, same as us. Thorn was later thrown out of the English alphabet in preference of Th.

Bureau Grot by David Berlow can be credited as one of the first to bring back the now popular device characteristic in wood types of pushing past the curve extrema at the terminals. More recent examples include Parry Grotesque, Maple, and Supria Sans.