Swedish Newspaper - Slab Serif

erikweikert's picture

While visiting some family my grandmother had an old article from a Swedish newspaper taped to the inside of a cabinet. Anyone know the name of the headline slab serif being used?

Thanks!

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R.'s picture

Excelsior is not spot-on, but reasonably close to your sample.

Birdseeding's picture

I think it's potentially closer to another one of the Linotype Legibility Group typefaces, Ionic No. 5, digitised by Bitstream as News 701. But that's not quite it either...

bowfinpw's picture

First of all, I think calling this a slab serif is not correct. Both previous suggestions are close, and I want to add Century Schoolbook as another that I think is close.

Apparently there are untold versions of Century/Scotch Roman faces that were created in metal type, and what we can do is suggest similar digitized fonts, but the choices are relatively narrow compared to what probably existed in metal type.

- Mike Yanega

Birdseeding's picture

Thing is, based on the layout style, the subject matter (a guide to exotic fruits), the oxidization colour of the paper and the presence of a section in Univers at the far right, I'd say this is from the mid-eighties at the very earliest, probably a decade later. Don't think any Swedish newspapers were still using hot-metal processes at that point, let alone letterpress, and most had already switched over to digital.

Birdseeding's picture

(Also, the headline's negative leading – not sure about phototypesetting, but it seems to me to be a feature distinctly of the digital age. And IIRC four-colour printing of photographs would not feature in most newspapers before the 90s.)

donshottype's picture

Mike, I agree that Scotch Roman is a good category to check for a match. Luc Devroye has a page with a wealth of information on Scotch Roman http://luc.devroye.org/scotchroman.html
Some good digital versions of Scotch Roman and similar designs:
Monotype Scotch Roman http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/adobe/monotype-scotch-roman/
Scotch FB [David Berlow] http://www.fontbureau.com/fonts/ScotchFB/
Scotch Modern [Nick Shinn] http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/shinn/scotch-modern/
Matthew Carter's Scotch Romans, including his FB Miller http://www.fontbureau.com/fonts/Miller/
Also Caledonia http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/linotype/new-caledonia/ and http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/adobe/new-caledonia/
And also Linotype Monticello http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/linotype/monticello-lt/
Don

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