People, Feb. 6, 1939

At Marlborough-on-Hudson, N. Y., the 150-year-old workshop of Frederic William Goudy, No. 1 U. S. type designer, caught fire and burned to a cinder. Destroyed were: the press on which William Morris printed his Kelmscott Chaucer; the specially made precision instruments with which Goudy made the matrices for his type; his stock of 3,000 to 4,000 matrices. Twenty of his most-famed type faces (he has designed 107)* never having been cast, can never be reproduced. Said 73-year-old Frederic Goudy: "A body blow."

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