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I've been searching high and low all day for this font and give up!
With the tiny serifs and spurs this would make an attractive font. I have not seen this design before and believe that if it is a font, it was probably made for private use.
Accordingly, I am going to discuss it as if it was lettering.
The lettering artist drew on several 19th century influences.
Tiny serifs are rarely found in digital typefaces with lowercase letters. An exception is Red Rooster's Coliseum http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/redrooster/coliseum-rr/ The letters would have to doubled in width to compare to _Yellowhead_. The combination of small spurs and a concave effect on the sides of some letters evokes the spirit of Antique Tuscan http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/woodentypefonts/antique-tuscan/
There are a lot of typefaces of this style with spurs on the Letterhead Fonts site...
I can not find an exact match however sorry. And the lowercase as you say is pretty rare.
To make the letters one could start with Trump Gothic Bold http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/canadatype/trump-gothic-pro/ -- which has letter-forms that are fairly close to the image -- widen the letters to the same relative width, and tack on the miniserifs and tiny spurs.
Thank you for the response, guys!
I have reason to believe it's actually a font as another designer worked with the logo previously. I saw the artwork and there are usually tell-tale signs of reproduction, but I couldn't find a thing, even the top spurs on the 'e' are squared off just like the original (most samples of the logo I can find are small to trace from with the exception of the one I blew up above).
Any idea on a base font without the spurs? I've found a few close matches but I'm mainly having trouble matching the 'w' and 'a'.
I've never had to source a second opinion on a font until yesterday and I'm glad I found this website; it's also opened the doors to some fresh new font content I never knew about!
EDIT - thanks donshottype, just read your post. That's closer than my EF TV Nord Cond Bold!
Happy to help Darren. Many years ago I drove the Yellowhead highway from the central B.C. to Edmonton. Long trip :)