Ben Frank, Caslon and Baskerville

From McSweeney’s comes a fascinating story involving Benjamin Franklin, Baskerville and Caslon. A great piece of history (made even better since it involves typography).

Both copies of the declaration were printed using Caslon. Think about it: the first two printed copies of the Declaration of Independence were printed using type from a British designer. Doesn’t that make the ideas just slightly more subversive?
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