The primary complement to the press, its types, have been carefully curated and sourced through various channels worldwide. Fonts from Asia, Europe, and North and South America have been procured and in some cases restored, prior to inclusion in our collection as a fully functioning typographic resource. Decisively, types in the style of Giambatista Bodoni (Italian, 1740 – 1813) have become the house fonts of papo letterpress.
In an effort to establish an exceptional level of typographic integrity, Paone ensures only vintage foundry-cast types with well documented provenance are acquired. Bauer Type Foundry (Germany); Monotype Corporation (United Kingdom); American Type Founders, Baltimore Type Foundry, and Lanston Monotype of Philadelphia (United States of America), are the exclusive holdings of the studio, currently totaling nearly 30 vintage fonts in varying degrees of completeness.
In addition to the cast-metal fonts, vintage hand-carved wooden types augment our limited, yet growing library. Stephenson Blake & Co. (England); Hamilton Mfg. Co., Wm. Page Wood Type Co., and Wells & Webb (United States of America), are among the prized specimens which constitute our current holdings. Worthy to note, in cases where complete fonts are unobtainable, orphaned sorts are eagerly salvaged, based on their historic and aesthetic value, as deemed by Paone, a veteran typographer of more than 25 years.