Joseph and Edmund Fry

Type Street Foundry, Polyglot Foundry

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1. Overview

Bristol (to 1768) then London. 1764- Initially Joseph Fry and William Pine, from 1764. Isaac Moore (foundry manager and punchcutter) left in 1776 and firm became "J. Fry & Co." Edmund Fry and Henry Fry (sons of Joseph Fry) admitted into partnership in 1782.

Acquired matrices from the James Foundry on its dissolution in 1782. (Reed p. 302).

Joseph Fry retired 1787. Thence "Edmund Fry & Co."

In 1788 new facilities built on a new street, named Type Street. Foundry then named "Type Street Foundry."

Issac Steele joined in 1794. Thence "Edmund Fy and Isaac Steele, Letter-Founders to the Prince of Wales." George Knowles admitted to partnership 1799, thence "Fry, Steele and Co." Steele and Knowles both retired circa 1808.

"Soon after" the 1816 specimen, Edmund Fry's son Windover Fry admitted to partnership; thence "Edmund Fry and Son."

Circa 1824 name changed to "Polyglot Foundry."

Sold by Dr. Edmund Fry in 1828 to William Thorowgood, Fann Street Foundry . Fry died 1837.

Dr. Edmund Fry "probably the most learned letter-founder of his day" (Reed, p. 302).

Information from Talbot Baines Reed and { Moseley et. al., Founder's London A-Z , pp. 8, 11, 13, 18, 19, 20, 24, 28, 32}

2. Specimen Books

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1794. A Specimen of Printing Types

A Specimen of Printing Types by Fry and Steele, Letter-Founders . (London: T. Rickaby, 1794. Extracts in de Jong, vol. 1, pp 94-95.

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1816. Specimen of Printing Types

Specimen of Printing Types by Edmund Fry, Letter Founder to the King, and Prince Regent, Type Street . (London: [no printer], 1816.)

Digitized by Google Books (q.v.) The link here is to a local copy of the Google Books digitization.

3. Type-Makers Employed

Isaac Moore (also foundry manager, from 1764 to 1776).

4. Typefaces


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