Unsure of origin

Alfredo Sauce's picture


Mike F's picture

I think that is Castor by Albert Auspurg, 1924 for Haas. I'm not aware of any digital versions. I'm looking for an image to show.

riccard0's picture

For an inline, albeit different, design with a similar colour you could use Dominus:

donshottype's picture

This inline/openface style is sometimes called "handtooled" or "highlight."
In addition to Dominus, suggested by Riccardo, here are a few more fonts similar to Albert Auspurg's Castor:
Goudy Handtooled http://www.identifont.com/find?font=Goudy+Handtooled&q=Go
ITC Garamond Handtooled http://www.identifont.com/find?font=ITC+Garamond+Handtooled&q=Go
ITC Century Handtooled http://www.identifont.com/find?font=ITC+Century+Handtooled&q=Go
ITC Cheltenham Handtooled http://www.identifont.com/find?font=ITC+Cheltenham+Handtooled&q=Go
Richler Highlight http://www.identifont.com/find?font=Richler+Highlight&q=Go
Imprint Shadow http://www.identifont.com/find?font=Imprint+Shadow&q=Go
Narcissus http://www.identifont.com/find?font=Narcissus&q=Go
There is also Spotlight http://www.identifont.com/find?font=Spotlight&q=Go This is a heavier font, but is similar to Castor in that it has large angled serifs on _E_, _F_, _S_ etc.
Finally another font by the designer of Castor, Albert Auspurg, which like Castor has large angled serifs on _E_, _F_, _S_ etc. and some overhanging diagonal strokes, but a double inline instead of a highlight. This is his Kolibri of 1915, digitized by Nick Curtis as Trochilida NF http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/nicksfonts/trochilida-nf/ Could be modified by deleting one of the two inline panels and compressing the width to produce a result quite similar to Castor.

Mike F's picture

Thank you, Michel, for the Auspurg PDF.

Incidentally, the Solotype Catalog shows a Kolibree 2 which was, like Castor, a highlight style typeface and Kolibree 3 which was totally filled in. Those may have been photolettering constructs.

Alfredo Sauce's picture

Thanks for the help! What an impressive wealth of knowledge.

The feature I particularly liked in Castor was the shape of the Capital S. Although it is quite a bit broader than Castor, I think Spotlight is a pretty good substitute.


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