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Hi, I'm new to Typophile. Thanks for your help.
It reminds me so much of Charter Oak. Even though I know it's not.
Perhaps a predigital version of Derek Italic
I think you have it Don, The leg on the R seems to be the sticking point - I have found several things that seem to match every thing but the straight leg on the R.
Hi Bob, the leg on _R_ might be an "improvement" by the fontmaker who digitized it. In any case, both versions fit well with the overall design of the font.
Thank you Don and everyone else!
Re: Don's comment that “Designer and history of the font are unknown”.
According to Jaspert, Berry and Johnson this was originally a German design, cut by “John in Hambury in 1892” for Stephenson, Blake & Co. Original English name is Doric 1 Italic, but it was released by various foundries under other names including Old Gothic Bold and Washington.
Thanks Andrew, for reminding me. I checked my files and here is some info in addition to the summary in Jaspert's _The Encyclopedia of Typefaces _.
The font was released in the U.S. by American Typefounders Company in 1898. Here is the release specimen published by _The Inland Printer_: