Sheet Music Titles

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bob850's picture

Thank you for any help in locating this typeface, which was ubiquitous on sheet music for several decades.

donshottype's picture

I'm not aware of anything digital.
The distinctive bowed strokes on some letters and the unusual tilde serifs on them remind me of the ATF font Invitation, dating from 1917 or earlier. Invitation has bowed strokes on the same letters and usual serifs on them, but these are in the form of a reverse wedge rather than a tilde.


One influenced the design of the other, but I don't know the direction of the causation.
Don

Ryuk's picture

Reminds me of Webster...

bob850's picture

I'm hoping that perhaps someone who creates fonts as somewhat of a "hobby" might want to tackle digitizing this typeface.

donshottype's picture

If you are hoping somebody will digitize the font you might improve your chances by posting any additional titles you might have so that there is a more complete alphabet, if possible including infrequent letters like Q and the &.
BTW who was the music publisher? US? British? Other?
Don

bob850's picture

Hi Don,

As far as I know, this is a US font, used for many, many movie songs in the 1930s-40s, and then used for most Broadway song titles published by the Edwin H. Morris Company.

I have samples of almost the entire alphabet. I'm missing upper case Q X and Z, and lower case j q and z.

Thanks so much for your help!

- Bob

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