The unexpected (possible) history of the world's most famous typeface.
Mike Parker, former head of typographic development at Morgenthaler Linotype, has challenged the standard history of Times New Roman
. The typeface, Parker claims, wasn't designed by "the great persuader" Stanley Morison
and Victor Lardent of Monotype in 1931, but rather thirteen years earlier by an American, William Starling Burgess
, an airplane and yacht designer, published poet, and naval architect
who married five times and whose daughter, also named Starling Burgess, described him as “a bird of paradise in a family of English sparrows.” By the time of that statement, she no longer shared his name, but had become
the celebrated children's author Tasha Tudor
Artist Tasha Tudor is dead at age 92.
Born in 1915 to an inventor and a painter, Tasha
has been a quirky fixture in the childrens' publishing world
for more than half a century. She lived an anachronistic life in Vermont, raising goats and chickens, caring for the small herd of Welsh Corgis that appeared in many of her books
, and maintaining a small arts-and-publishing business
that sustained her and her family for years. When she died, she said, she wanted to return to the 1800s as a sea captain's wife. Here's hoping she's inhaling sea air now.