Serif display face with curly features

saclucas's picture

Currently in use as a small town bank logo. Bank doesn't know the name or anything about it. Whatthefont found nothing.

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kthomps5's picture

Victorian is the closest digital face I could find, though by no means a close match:

http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/itc/victorian/

I have a PDF of the MacKellar, Smiths & Jordan Co. (Philadelphia) Compact Book of Specimens from 1892--I'm willing to bet I'll find the font in there. Unfortunately, the PDF is not indexed, so I'll have to skim through the pages.

I'll keep you posted.

kthomps5's picture

No luck with the type specimen book. If you have any idea of when the logo was first introduced/used, that might help narrow the search.

The more I look at it, the more I wonder if it is one of those 1970s attempts at creating a "vintage" font....

donshottype's picture

Odd logo for a bank. I have no idea whether the letters are circa 1900 or 1970s Disco Gothic with mini-serifs. It seems to say put your money with our awkward letters and our swirly girly _g_ will give it a spin. The bulging bowl _B_ and open loop _k_ are blackletter ideas that became popular with Morris Troy http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/p22/morris/ and http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/hihretrofonts/morris/ The _B_ and _k_, as well as the _g_ have some resemblance to ITC Victorian -- already suggested by Kevin. A similarly curly _g_ is also found in David Quay's Lambada http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/letraset/lambada/ and Azelea Rodgers' Azelea http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/arc/azelea/. The stroke terminations on _a_ and _b_ are very blackletter. See for example Weiss Rundgotisch http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/ef/weiss-rundgotisch/ or http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/linotype/weiss-rundgotisch/
Add a few more touches like the spur on the vertical stroke of _f_ and the tendril with hanging ball in the middle of _B_ and you have a classic Frankenfont design. I would bank elsewhere.
Don

saclucas's picture

Don, yes, it is an odd face for a bank, and I told them as much when I met with them. I suspect no thought whatsoever went into choosing it. I've yet to see how well my comments were received. :/

Thanks to both of you for your input.

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