(x) Type in British stamps - hand lettered by Eric Gill {Richard}

typo's picture

Me again,

I love the font in the British stamps, would anyone tell me about it? Thank you so much!

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raph's picture

It's a slightly customized version of Perpetua Titling. The main modification seems to be the "1" that looks more like an "I" (which is harmonious with the Oldstyle Figures), and, on the 10p stamp on the bottom row, a more diagonal stress on the 0. The

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Fascinating. Explanation to follow, I've got to get to work now.

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typo's picture

Thanks all,

It seems like Perpetua Titling as Raph said, but '2' and some characters is not really like that. So, if they are hand drawn and never released, it really is a shame for me, it is really a great font.

P.S. The letter Richard posted is so hard to read for me as I am not a English-speaking person.

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magnus_gaarde's picture

Yes it would be cool to see a bigger scan of this letter, please.

Richard Hards's picture

Transcription as promised.



quote:

May 9, 1940
My dear Evan: Thank you v. much for your philatelic memorial envelope. I am v. glad to have it

raph's picture

Hmm, I meant to post a fonts.com (Agfa Monotype) link to Perpetua Titling, but for some reason indentifont is what showed up. The Agfa Monotype version is a lot closer - I wouldn't be surprised if the figures were in fact based on the work Gill did for the stamps, as opposed to simply being adapted from the main Perpetua font.

typo's picture

Thank you Raph, Richard, Stephen and all!
Now I know what is going on, yes Perpetua Titling is the best choice as it's a lot closer, even though I have Perpetua Std version on my Adobe Font CD but it is not like Perpetua Titling at all.

Now the sample from Perpetua Titling,
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Cheers,
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Richard Hards's picture

a couple of enlargements as promised.
stamp
enlarged to this size, you can see what EG meant about the reproduction of Victoria's head
pcard
and the envelope from another letter, this one unfortunately typed.
envelope
Nice type on the address label, I think that might catch on!

magnus_gaarde's picture

Thank you for the nice scans

Stephen Coles's picture

Rad! From what little I can read from the postcard, they are hand
drawn numerals from Gill himself, not type.

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Sorry about that, Ralph. I changed the link. Identifont's samples
are often much better than fonts.com's so I was trying to be
helpful - but it looks like i mis-stepped here as the fonts.com sample
is much darker. I don't know if the font data is actually different
(it shouldn't be) or if the change in weight is merely a rendering
issue in the way each sample was antialiased and GIFfed.

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