John F. Cumming|A Humble, Honest Man


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Design patents are cornerstones of THP research. The attorneys who drafted the affidavits chose certain words for certain reasons—some of the same 19th-century firms still practice today as Intellectual Property specialists.

When closely examined (with particular attention to the application date), analyzed and interpreted in the context of the 19th-century literature, patent clues tell many tales. In the process, the same evidence sometimes contradicts the conclusions of later historians.

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Type Designs Acquired by Boston Type Foundry Before and During Employment of J.F. Cumming

Color Key: Violet=Fonts cut by JFC per William E. Loy; Green=Fonts probably cut by JFC per THP research. Best viewed as intended with Mozilla Firefox!

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