super ellipse, feels 1970s/60s

Miss Tiffany's picture

I cannot, for the life of me, remember this one. Feels very early 70s/60s to me. I hazard to guess drawn by some in Europe because of the super ellipse and the structure of the U.

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Note: Neither MyFonts or Identifont were helpful.

George Thomas's picture

That would be Carolus.

Miss Tiffany's picture

Thank you George. It seems that it is no longer available for license.

donshottype's picture

The plot thickens.
Carolus is a Roger White font.
The provenance of his fonts is perhaps doubtful. See
I wonder what the source is for Carolus?
If you could use substitutes, Testament CT, Solemnis, FF Lukreza, and Simeon AS are somewhat similar.

donshottype's picture

The vectorization is poor quality. It's possible that this is one he did himself based on a scan.
So, if this is the case, I wonder what he scanned?

Birdseeding's picture

Ha! Here's one I recognise from home. :) You're right, Donald, that the provenance is doubtful: Carolus was originally designed by Karl-Erik Forsberg, perhaps the greatest of Swedish type designers. More here:

donshottype's picture

Great find Johan.
Excellent discussion of the issues raised by Carolus.
Stockholm would work as a substitute for most purposes, but it's clear that a quality digitization of the original Carolus still does not exist.

Miss Tiffany's picture

This is why I love Typophile. Asking for an ID and getting a little history in the process. :)

Miss Tiffany's picture

I have Carolus through a bundle license I did a million years ago so at least I won't have to use a substitute.

donshottype's picture included a comment that a good character set of Carolus is in Lindgren's ABC book. If anyone is interested in seeing it, check "ABC of Lettering and Printing Typefaces: A Complete Guide to the Letters and Typefaces Used for Typesetting and Printing" by Erik Lindgren, [1964?]. I just bought a used copy at a very attractive price from Amazon.
Tempting to do a good quality digitization. Depends in part just how good the specimen is in Lindgren's book.

bojev's picture

The specimen in Lindgrens book is quite good - full page of Caps and Numbers

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