60s era Polaroid "Swinger" camera manual - title page

urbandy's picture

Hi, I'm new to Typophile. Thanks for your help.


ralphsmouse's picture

It reminds me so much of Charter Oak. Even though I know it's not.

donshottype's picture

Perhaps a predigital version of Derek Italic

Close. Main difference is the leg on R. Designer and history of the font are unknown.

bojev's picture

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.

donshottype's picture

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.

urbandy's picture

Thank you Don and everyone else!

osamu's picture

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.

donshottype's picture

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 [1970]_.
The font was released in the U.S. by American Typefounders Company in 1898. Here is the release specimen published by _The Inland Printer_:

A rather different use than for an attractive model with a swinging 60s camera.

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