Barnhart Brothers & Spindler

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Barnhart Brothers & Spindler Type Foundry
IndustryType foundry
FoundedChicago, Illinois, United States, 1873
HeadquartersChicago, 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[edit]


These foundry types were originally cast by Barnhart Brothers & Spindler:[1]


  1. ^ 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
  2. ^ Provan, Archie, and Alexander S. Lawson, 100 Type Histories (volume 1), National Composition Association, Arlington, Virginia, 1983, pp. 20-21.

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