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Frankly, of all the letters, the H is the most boring. Stable and symmetrical, with both feet planted firmly on the ground, the H has been predictable in its design and use throughout much of its history. For example, it held the same position (the eighth letter) in the Semitic, Greek, Etruscan, and Latin alphabets as in our own. Only in the hands of type designers like Ed Benguiat (or in ten-dollar words like “heliotrope”) does the H begin to exude a touch of glamour.

Frankly, of all the letters, the H is the most boring. Stable and symmetrical, with both feet planted firmly on the ground, the H has been predictable in its design and use throughout much of its history. For example, it held the same position (the eighth letter) in the Semitic, Greek, Etruscan, and Latin alphabets as in our own. Only in the hands of type designers like Ed Benguiat (or in ten-dollar words like “heliotrope”) does the H begin to exude a touch of glamour.

An H for Hannah

An H for Hannah