Milner Initials

circa 1924

From the early 1920s to late 1930s the better-quality printers were scouring Europe for unusual and original display faces because Britain was producing too few inspired native type designers, and British printers were doing little to encourage the development of distinctive English display types; foreign imports became fashionable merely on account of their foreignness. The Kynoch Press, however, addressed the situation when it introduced decorative types designed by English artists: Milner Initials was an in-line titling of robust and solid appearance, a wood-letter, which was produced in 48 and 72 point. The designer of this face was Donald Ewart Milner OBE., MA., ARCA., RWA, headmaster of the Aston School of Arts and Crafts in Birmingham in the 1920s, who also had a reputation as a painter, stained glass artist and book decorator.