1950s? geometric sans lettering on American post office and government buildings

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Judging from the E it looks like Neutraface from House Industries.

Stephen Coles's picture

These letters were made specifically for architectural application and didn't exist as fonts. There were various forms of metal architectural letters throughout the 40s-60s. I'm building a collection of images and I'd love to add yours to my set if you don't mind. I do live in Berkeley, so I could shoot it myself, but yours is a fine image.

Stuart Sandler of Fontdiner is working on a digitization of similar post office letters.

AndrewSipe's picture

Well, I was close. Course that only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.

veniceissinking's picture

i actually took the image from a flickr page. it is not one of mine.

thanks for all of the info. it really is puzzling to me that such standarization can be found nationwide and yet a typeface does not appear to exist. i guess i shouldn't be surprised though...i went to architecture school and you spend your first few semesters learning how to hand letter drawings in a very specific way.

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