Mystery sans

Nick Shinn's picture

“Rose of Cimarron” (Poco album cover, 1976) sans text.
I posted this in the font ID section, but it wasn’t identified.

LexLuengas's picture

I'm also interested in knowing what the name of this reptile is.

That half-hourglass-half-cat ampersand and sloppy vertical alignment make it very attractive. Does anyone spot a /U/? I wonder how it was distinguished from the plastic-cup /V/.

sevag's picture

There is a /U/ in the third block, third line.

kentlew's picture

Nick — I recognize this, but I’m on the road right now and don’t have access to my specimen books. I believe it would be in either the 1923 ATF or the Barhardt Brothers & Spindler ca. 1925.

Sorry, I won’t be home until after TypeCon. But maybe this lead will be helpful.

Leopard1968's picture

The Uppercase Letters was released as "Gotham Series" by A. D. Farmer, New York, ca. 1890. Cut by the Punchcutter August Woerner

Nick Shinn's picture


kentlew's picture

Nick — FWIW, something stuck in my head keeps telling me that this might have been called “Novelty Gothic” (or something like that) by BB&S. But my memory could be completely off base.

PublishingMojo's picture

I was wondering if Tom Wilkes might be available to answer the question, but alas, he died 4 years ago. He was also the creator of Dave Mason's first solo album, Alone Together, which featured an elaborate die-cut foldout on the sleeve and a disc made of swirling multicolored vinyl rather than the usual black. Whoa, I think I just had a flashback!

oldnick's picture

Kent is right. It’s Gothic Novelty Title from BB&S Catalog #25. I used the uppercase letters to form the lowercase of my font Mazurka NF to complement Carl Junge’s Swagger Initials.

William Berkson's picture

The lower case is not as successful as the upper, as some of the characters are stiff by comparison. I guess the challenge of doing a lower case to match the 1890 version successfully is still open.

Nick Shinn's picture

Why don’t you give it a try Bill?

William Berkson's picture

Other projects :)

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