Barnhart Brothers & Spindler
|Founded||Chicago, Illinois, United States, 1873|
|Headquarters||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Key people||Oswald Cooper, Will Ransom, Robert Wiebking, Sidney Gaunt|
Barnhart Brothers & Spindler Type Foundry was founded as the Great Western Type Foundry in 1873. It became Barnhart Brothers & Spindler ten years later. It was a successful foundry known for innovative type design and well designed type catalogs. Oz Cooper, Will Ransom, Robert Wiebking, and Sidney Gaunt all designed for BB&S. It was bought out by American Type Founders in 1911 with the proviso that the merger would not take effect for twenty years, so that the employees would have a chance to find new work or retire over time. The foundry was finally closed in 1933.
Mergers and Acquisitions
- Advance Type Foundry (AKA Wiebking, Hardinge & Company), Chicago, bought out by Western Type Foundry in 1914.
- Western Type Foundry, Saint Louis, Missouri, bought by B.B.&S in 1918.
These foundry types were originally cast by Barnhart Brothers & Spindler:
- Jaspert, W. Pincus, W. Turner Berry and A.F. Johnson. The Encyclopedia of Type Faces. Blandford Press Lts.: 1953, 1983, ISBN 0-7137-1347-X, p. 2408-249
- Provan, Archie, and Alexander S. Lawson, 100 Type Histories (volume 1), National Composition Association, Arlington, Virginia, 1983, pp. 20-21.