Serif typeface and Blackletter together. Please help ID both.

cplea's picture

Cloister Black & Goudy Old Style Bold
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donshottype's picture

For the blackletter: Cloister Black?
There are also various "Old English" fonts.

cplea's picture

Hi Don,

Thanks! Cloister Black appears to be a match, just need to squish it a little! ;-) Still unsure about the serif font. It looks very familiar but it isn't quite like any of the fonts in my collection.

kthomps5's picture

I think the serif is garden variety Garamond Condensed, but with the width adjusted even tighter.

Cloister Black is dead on.

cplea's picture

It isn't Garamond. You can tell if you look at the way the top of the lowercase "a" is rounded and the way the top serifs slope downward on the lowercase "u". But I know what you mean. Garamond was my first thought as well.

kthomps5's picture

Chris, there are dozens of variations of Garamond, a holdover from the days of metal and photoset type.

Garamond Serial, TS Garamond, and Garamond No. 5 all have a lowercase a with a rounded top and a lowercase u with serifs that slope.

cplea's picture

Ah! Thanks for the info, Kevin. I'll look into those and see if I can find a match. Will update on my findings shortly.

cplea's picture

Unfortunately, it doesn't appear to be any of those ones. With Garamond Serial and TS Garamond the sloped serifs on the "u" are too rounded. Garamond No. 5 has a better match in that respect but falls short on the rounded shape of the "a" and I noticed a number of other discrepancies. I suppose I'll have to slog through some more variations of Garamond...

fvilanakis's picture

I think Goudy (Bold) or Goudy Cond Bold (probably further manually condensed) is closer than Garamond

kthomps5's picture

Fivos, you are absolutely right.

The letterforms are a spot-on match, and if I had paid attention to the period before I might have remembered that Goudy has a diamond-shaped full stop.

cplea's picture

Thanks, guys. Much appreciated!

Just want to make sure that Fivos is mentioned as well for his contribution as it wouldn't let me include two names under "Solved by".

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