Parsons was designed by Will Ransom for Barnhart Brothers and
Spindler in 1917 where it was described as a "meteoric" success for the
Chicago foundry. Ransom based the Parsons design on a style of
hand-lettering he had been using for the Chicago advertisers, I.R.
Parsons, owner of a department store in the city is who the type was
named after.This 18pt. Parsons font DOES NOT include the 36pt. long ascenders and descenders. These special characters require pivotal casting and will be available as a separate font.
Fonts consist of 11 six inch foundry sort lines weighing roughly 4.25lbs. The font scheme is standard the American Type Founders 5-A, 15-a, with figures and punctuation.
Barth cast type is the highest quality type available,
due to the high grade primary type metal alloy used and the Barth
casters tremendous casting pressure. Not only is Barth cast type the
hardest, most solid, and durable type still in production, it also is
guaranteed to align to itself to provide accurate setting and printing.