1921 silent film title "Mirth" comedy

silentcinema's picture

This is an intertitle from a 1921 Mirth Comedy silent movie. This looks like it is some sort of variant Speedball typeface. What is this?

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Mike F's picture

Hand letterd, of course. Silentina Film has the general feel. A MyFonts search on 'speedball' will get you several more fanciful options.

Mike F's picture

Dundee Medium has some similarities.

donshottype's picture

The closest match would be a low contrast, medium width, medium weight, small slab serif font that picked up the distinctive letters like _a_, _f_, _s_ and _t_, and had a minor amount of variation to suggest hand lettering, but no so much as to be the chicken scratching that passes for lettering today.
Unfortunately the digitized silent film fonts like Silentina, aka Pastel, and the Good Bad Man have significantly different letterforms.
The closest I have found so far is ClasicaSlabMedium:


http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/latinotype/clasica/
Gives a rough approximation out of the box, and if letters like _a_, _f_, _s_ and _t_, are edited could be a reasonable approximation, particularly if the width of some letters like _d_ was expanded.
I'll look for something closer.
Don

donshottype's picture

Another option is to modify another font based on silent film intertitles, David Berlow's Meyer Two. This uses ATF Post Monotone No. 2 for the lower case and ATF Della Robbia for the capitals. http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/fontbureau/meyer-two/
Don

donshottype's picture

Low contrast, small slabby serifs and rounded letterforms make Hybrid a candidate as is or for modification:


http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/paratype/hybrid/
Don

donshottype's picture

Looking more closely at the intertitle, it hit me that the lettering is reverse contrast, like a toned down French Clarendon. For a closer match Trilby looks fairly good out of the box and could be edited by shortening the serifs and revising some letters as mentioned above

http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/fontbureau/trilby/
Don

donshottype's picture

BTW, do have any more of the intertitles from Sweet Daddy, if possible one that would show the _g_?
Don

silentcinema's picture

These are all great suggestions and a great help. Here's another title, with a "g" in it.

donshottype's picture

As an experiment, here is Trilby with reduced serifs and width expanded to 110%.

Contrast seems to be a passable match. With the exception of the top stroke of _f_ and the bottom stroke of _t_, no letters have been edited for a better match. Customize _a_, _e_ and _s_ and the result would be fairly close.
BTW these intertitles use initial capitals that are a larger scale than the lower case. Can get this effect by changing the font size.
Don

donshottype's picture

Also, the first intertitle using Trilby with reduced serifs and width expanded to 110%.


don

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