1911 snippet, 2 faces

matha_standun's picture

1911

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Here's a few caps. Not a lot to go on in the first scan.

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M.

hawk's picture

the first one: maybe Modern, monotype.




David Hamuel

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I think you're right, David.
These guys only had Linotype machines, though.
Should have mentioned that before, maybe.
Sorry.

M.

bowfinpw's picture

How about Modern No. 20? This was widely used, in spite of the fact that this is a Bitstream font sample at MyFonts.

matha_standun's picture

Did it have the same name in 1911, Mike?

M.

bowfinpw's picture

According to the Mac McGrew book 'American Metal Typefaces of the Twentieth Century", the Modern style, looking like this dates from the mid-1800's. The Font Book says the face Modern No. 20 originated in 1905 at Stephenson Blake in England.

matha_standun's picture

Thanks a million.
Any idea what the second typeface is?

Matha.

bowfinpw's picture

The best guess I can make about that is some of the Numbered Gothic faces, such a Gothic No.3 (up to numbers in the hundreds). Both Monotype and Linotype proliferated a wide range of widths and weights of various Gothic (or Grotesque) faces. These were being brought into use in the late 1800's, so the timeframe fits your samples easily. To expect all of these to have made it into digital form is probably wishful thinking. But you could probably find some reasonable (and virtually indistinguishable) versions at MyFonts by searching on the terms Gothic Sans or Grotesque. From an ID standpoint you are missing some (for me) key letters, like the g, and G, but my impression is that some of the Font Bureau 'Bureau Grotesque' faces would be pretty similar.

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Thanks again, Mike.

M.

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