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R.I.P Mac McGrew

This January I finally broke down and picked up a copy of Mac McGrew’s American Metal Typefaces of the Twentieth Century so that I could identify all the original foundry names of my Kelsey type. Beyond that, I just wanted it because it’s a great reference, full of fascinating little tidbits and asides for the typophile or design historian.

I was sad to see that McGrew passed away very recently. I had no idea that 1) he lived in the Pittsburgh area, which is where I’m from 2) he worked at Ketchum P.R., where at least two friends of mine have worked at one time or another. He also apparently started on a Kelsey Excelsior.

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