Font on building wall - built February 1911 - Zutphen, the Netherlands

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Waschinrichting Washing device?
Wall lettering in 1911 was based on the imagination of the person doing the sign., who may or may not have made reference to a book on lettering.
As for digital fonts the square structure and diagonal on the S resembles František Štorm's Teuton, which is inspired by a tombstone inscription on one German grave in northern Bohemia http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/storm/teuton/
Also see Bs-Kombat http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/feliciano/bs-kombat/
Don

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Thank you Don,
for a quick and wonderful reply.
I will have a look at the fonts.

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Waschinrichting describes an old laundry factory. It is written in 'old' Dutch.
I have add an image that shows the text on the actual wall.

donshottype's picture

You're welcome Peter-Paul. Very impressive facade for a laundry. I didn't comment on the angled stroke on the R. This was a feature of some 19th century fonts. Also found on the P. Both letters were common on stock certificate lettering. For a font with this effect see LHF Old Stock https://www.letterheadfonts.com/fonts/oldstock.php. Cut off the spikes on Old Stock and you are in the ball park, but too wide. Anyway, fairly easy to replicate from scratch.
Don

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