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Watch Tower International Convention 1931 program

Contributed by Leonardo Cuellar on Oct 9th, 2022. Artwork published in
July 1931
Watch Tower International Convention 1931 program
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Title page of a booklet issued for a convention by the International Bible Students Association (Watch Tower), held in July 1931 at the Auditorium State Fair Grounds, Columbus, Ohio, attracting some 15,000 Bible Students. It was at this convention that the name Jehovah’s Witnesses was adopted.

The typeface(s?) used in the top half is unidentified. The caps are a bit similar to designs like Erasmus-Mediaeval (1923), Richter-Antiqua (1925), Lipsia-Antiqua (1911), or Kronen-Mediäval (1913), but none of them comes really close [edit: it’s Light Oldstyle].

“All Meetings” uses Announcement Italic, designed by Morris Fuller Benton in 1916 and first cast by ATF in 1918. It’s here used with its ng ligature. Rebecca Alaccari did a digital revival as Odette (Canada Type, 2004).

“Coliseum, at the Fair Grounds” is set in Colwell Handletter. This ATF release from 1917 is based on the work of Elizabeth Colwell, described in 1947 as the “only American woman type designer known”. McKenna Handletter NF (2002) is a digital interpretation by Nick Curtis.


  • Light Oldstyle
  • Announcement
  • Colwell Handletter




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1 Comment on “Watch Tower International Convention 1931 program”

  1. richard lawrence says:
    Jul 19th, 2024 2:11 pm

    just looking at some your websites very good bernhard has sent your book the first conventions 1922 and earlier

    lots of research many hour of work which I thank you for

    the reason for this email I have lots of glass slides Edgar john morton and smyth looking for a way of displaying them on a wall or window can you help agape richard lawrence

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