Walden WWII American Poster Fonts

donshottype's picture

In http://typophile.com/node/114793 Ryuk posted a link to "American Poster Fonts of World War II" by Walden Fonts. http://www.waldenfont.com/product.asp?productid=16
Now this is a real challenge to font detectives. The Walden images show fonts that are hauntingly familiar but Walden gives them names that completely different from the real ones. For example Dragoo WF matches Metropolis Shaded by W. Schwerdtner for Stempel [1932]. See the digital version by Castle Type http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/castletype/metropolis-ct/
So is there a font detective who can identify some of the mystery fonts?
Don

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Mike F's picture

Well, to start ... Almanzo is Ashley Crawford, Chippett is Cartoon Bold and Fansler is Nubian.

I recognize several others, but that's all I have time for just now.

Edit: Jason Castle offers his take on Ashley Crawford and calls it Xavier.

Mike F's picture

Falaise is Keynote (Willard Sniffin for ATF, 1933). Offered by Red Rooster as Willard Sniffin Script.

Glancy is Prisma (Rudolph Koch for Klingspor, 1931).

Mike F's picture

Now that I have the time, I'll back up and give attribution to the fonts in my first post. Ashley Crawford was designed by Ashley Havinden, 1930. Cartoon by Howard Trafton, 1936 (available legitimately - but only bundled with software - as Corel's Cancun. Lots of knockoffs exist). Nubian by Howard Sniffin, ATF, 1928.

donshottype's picture

Great detective work Mike!
If we find a fair number of matches I'll compile them into a correspondence list and post it here.
Don

Mike F's picture

Bleeker is obviously Agency. Morris Fuller Benton (barely beats out Goudy as my all-time favorite typeface designer). ATF, 1932.

Odd (I'll refrain from saying suspicious) that several typefaces in this collection are also offered in Jason Castle's fairly small catalog ...

Hackett is Cubist Bold By John Zimmerman for BBS, 1929. I only know this because it's in the ReadMe file for Nick Curtis's Bric-A-Braque. It was shown (and used on the cover) of Deco Type: Stylish Alphabets from the '20s and '30s (Art Deco Design) (I just ordered a copy).

Mike F's picture

Hardwick is condensed Bank Gothic (Morris Fuller Benton, ATF, 1930).

Huntley is Gothic Wood Black by the incredible George Nesbitt, 1838 (used in WW2??). The Solotype Catalog shows a sample of this a Chikamauga. Dennis Ortiz-Lopez (Rolling Stone Magazine type master) digitized this as OL Smokler Bold. See also Jeff Levine's Public Notice JNL.

Mike F's picture

Lacar Script is Howard Trafton's Quick, 1933 for Bauer. Rallph Unger digitized it as Parfum.

Maximo - bear with me- is very similar to Nick Curtis's digitization of (again from a Nick Curtis ReadMe file) a typeface shown in a Dover clipart book called Art Deco Initials. Apparently , the editor presented an extrapolation of several incomplete typefaces of the era to show a complete alphabet. Nick's version of that can be had as Big Apple. Walden's version is slightly different, so perhaps the resource was different ... ? I dunno.

Nuisance appears to be a version of a face that David Rakowski did an early digitization of as Hartin 2. Prior versions included Hartin and Harting. The Solotype Catalogue (prre-digital) gives a showing as Ribbonfaced Typewriter. No idea what the original was.

Mike F's picture

Sharkey is Futura Black (Paul Renner for Bauer, 1928).

Sheffie is Thorowgood. Apparently, the original designer was a predecessor to William Thorowgood named Robert Thorne, 1830's.

Mike F's picture

Tilmon is Willard T. Sniffin's Hollywood, ATF , 1932. See Nick Curtis's Tinseltown.

Edit: Digital confirmation (includes some alternates).

donshottype's picture

Real perseverance Mike!
My interest in the Walden WWII poster font collection arose from Ryuk's posting of a link to Nelda WF. I still find it a puzzle. Very similar to Balloon but with differences and it has a lowercase. I was able to assemble a character set:


Compiled from a series of images at http://www.whatfontis.com/WALDENFONT_NeldaWF.font
Perhaps an Alf Becker or Speedball alphabet?
Don

oldnick's picture

Greenlaw is a digitization of a hand-lettered alphabet from Ross George called Postre, which appeared in several of the Speedball lettering books.

Remely is a typeface named Eclair. I don't have the original foundry name because I donated my collection of type and lettering books to the University of Virginia.

donshottype's picture

I pulled together comments from Mike and Nick as well as my own efforts and made a little package showing the Walden type samples, the Walden name and our thoughts so far on possible matches. There are a lot of gaps!
To make it easier to handle I have split it into nine sections. Here is the first one. Does anyone else have any ID suggestions?
Don

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