The Last Tycoon, Penguin Paperback
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Thanks for the interesting info on ITC Manhattan!
I have to say I am baffled as to why type companies go to the trouble and expense of digitizing and marketing a typeface like this but omit the alternate characters. It seems like the typeface would be much more appealing with the full set of characters. There are two versions I find online for sale and neither has the full set of alternates. This is a problem not with just ITC Manhattan but with many pre-digital fonts.
I would be willing to pay more for the full set of characters!
Damn straight Rob!!
Every major ITC typeface had a variety of alternate letters that have all but disappeared since being digitized (The “Pro” version of Avant Garde is an exception). But Serif Gothic, Lubalin Graph, Grouch, Benguiat, Tiffany, etc all had wonderful alternate characters that aren’t available in their current digital form.
The irony is that OpenType makes it extremely easy to include such ligatures and alternate glyphs. I think you can put this down to laziness and oversight.
Yes, a lot of metal and photo digitizations are lacking alts. One reason is that so many were done quickly in the early years of DTP, and before the benefit of OpenType. Alts had to be plopped in a separate file (remember “Expert” fonts?) which was difficult to market and a hassle for users. To their credit, Monotype has gone back and revisited a few of the fonts in their massive library, but lesser-used stuff like ITC Manhattan will probably be neglected — perhaps until automation tools make it financially viable to update them.