Frederick William Gowdy

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Frederick William Gowdy

Birthplace: Monmouth, Warren County, Illinois, United States
Death: May 11, 1947 (83)
Marlboro, Ulster County, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Fleming Goudy and Amanda Melvina Goudy
Husband of Bertha Goudy
Father of Frederic Truesdale Goudy, Jr.
Brother of Charles Edwin Gowdy; Annie Janet Gowdy; Fannie Isabell Gowdy and Josephine Truesdale Root

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About Frederick William Gowdy

Wikipedia Biographical Summary:

"...Frederic W. Goudy (Bloomington, Illinois, March 8, 1865 – Marlborough-on-Hudson, May 11, 1947) was a prolific American printer, artist and type designer whose typefaces include Copperplate Gothic, Kennerly, and Goudy Old Style.

Goudy was the third most prolific type designer in the United States (behind Morris Fuller Benton and R. Hunter Middleton), with ninety faces actually cut and cast, and many more designs completed. His most famous were Copperplate Gothic and Goudy Old Style.

Goudy's career was influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement and the growth of fine book printing in the United States. At a time when printing types had become quite mechanical and geometric under the influence of Didone designs such as Bodoni, Goudy spent his career developing old-style serifs often influenced by the printing of the Italian Renaissance and calligraphy, with a characteristic warmth and irregularity. His neighbour, Eric Sloane, recalled that he also took inspiration from hand-painted signs. In contrast to his great contemporary Morris Fuller Benton, he generally avoided sans-serif designs, though he did create the nearly sans-serif Copperplate Gothic, inspired by engraved letters, early in his career and a few others later. As a result, many of his designs may look quite similar to modern readers. He also developed a number of typefaces influenced by blackletter medieval manuscripts, illuminated manuscript capitals and Roman capitals engraved in stone. Some of his most famous designs such as Copperplate Gothic and Goudy Stout are unusual deviations from his normal style.[9] His sans-serif series, Goudy Sans, adopts an eccentric humanist style with a calligraphic italic.Quite unlike most sans-serif types of the period, it was unpopular in his lifetime but revived several times since..."


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Frederick William Gowdy's Timeline

March 8, 1864
Monmouth, Warren County, Illinois, United States
December 21, 1899
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, United States
May 11, 1947
Age 83
Marlboro, Ulster County, New York, United States