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johnny dollar's vault

retro pop culture and various local observations and ramblings.

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Location: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
johnny dollar's vault resides in the basement of stately dollar maisonTM, amongst the wine cellar, tiki bar, and finicky electrical panel. from time to time i will unearth various artifacts from either there or from the random crevices of my mind.

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NOTE: this blog will NOT deal with any recent pop culture (i.e. since about 1990) or topical issues, so if you're looking for discussion about britney baracko jacko flacco, look elsewhere, lol

Friday, February 09, 2007

listen to the mandarin rain

so i couldn't get it out of my head where this font originated from, so i did some intarnets searching and found out that at least what looks like a likely suspect is a linotype typeface called "mandarin." fer those of youse that don't knows, linotype was the first mainstream automated printing machine, and those little nits we call fonts were originally designed as molds into which molten lead would solidify so you could print with the resulting big honking lead block of type.

"mandarin" was designed by the "type founders of chicago." you can now buy this font from linotype online, but why pay money? there are several free fonts you can download that get pretty close:


china one





Anonymous Anonymous said...

Besides the fact that your grandfather was a linotype operator. Lotsa grandpa stuff.


5:50 PM  
Blogger johnny dollar said...

yesh, grandpaw :D i was gonna do a grandpawblog soon.

7:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have "Mandarin" and I sure didn't pay for it....

pee ess - thanks for the shout out!

2:12 PM  
Blogger johnny dollar said...

no problem kathy, i appreciate your coverage of the coddies topic and the appropriate remonstration of ms. ray :D

4:19 PM  

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