Frederic Goudy drew these letters in 1921 as the basis for Garamont, which was released later as "No. 248," by Lanston Monotype Co. The drawings were the first step in the production of the typeface. These would be used to create metal patterns which guided the engraving of typecasting matrices. An alloy of molten type metal would be poured into these moulds or matrices to cast the metal type for letterpress printing.
The Cary Collection holds some 18 sheets of drawings for Garamont. They show the roman, italic, and small capital design variations of the typeface.