French Canon

circa 1927

The period 1922 to 1933 was one of startling typographic growth and the Kynoch Press, Birmingham was at the forefront of the printing renaissance that was taking place at that time. With it’s interest in English revivalist types the Kynoch Press bought a fount of 48-point roman and italic ‘French Canon’ or ‘Fry’s Canon’; it was one of the most rare of all the Press typefaces. Regarded by the Press as particularly handsome it was one of the earliest known fat faces and was originally manufactured by Fry and Steel as ‘French Canon No. 2’. The type was re-cast for the Kynoch Press from the original matrices which were, by the 1920s, in the possession of Stephenson Blake. It was not made generally available, nor was it ever completed in other sizes. ‘French Canon’ was the first Victorian revival to be recast from the original matrices in England in the twentieth century and in doing so, the Kynoch Press, Birmingham paved the way for a great revival.