Bishop Sans  was revived from the serif-less letterforms of England's 'Date Stamps' on post from the late seventeenth-century to the third quarter of the eighteenth-century. These letters were local place-stamped and sent to London in England where they were hand date-stamped, sorted and distributed via the 'Post Roads' throughout the realm. Originally cast in metal, they were later cut in end-grain wood - and ultimately involved some ingenious movable type heads that meant fewer stamps needed to be produced when they wore out.

These date ink-stampers utilised two-letter abrieviations for the months in the classical Roman alphabet - with 'V' for 'U' and 'I' for 'J' and likely respected the Roman system of sealing  important communiques with ceramic or lead bullae with the impressed initials of the sender.

Many ephaemoral examples of sans serif bishop marks were studied and the typeface informs the design of the regular weight of the ETRVSCA Sans font family. 


Bishop Sans Full Specimen (is available from March 2021)