German letterpress c. 1970

Jens Kutilek's picture

Any idea what this may be? All the variations of this style that I have digitally don’t match exactly. (Century Schoolbook, Madison, Century Expanded ...)

NJMcLellan's picture

Hi Jens -

It's certainly some kind of slight variation on Century Schoolbook. I think that due to the fact that the printing surface is presenting with some bleeding, the letterforms are distorted somewhat. The closest I can find to your sample (going primarily by the serifs on the W) is Monotype's version.

http://new.myfonts.com/fonts/agfa/century-schoolbook/

If this isn't to your liking, type "Century Schoolbook" into the search engine at MyFonts; there's a lot of versions available, with subtle differences.

-NJ

Florian Hardwig's picture

I assume Jens is not looking for a close digital match, but for an actual ID – no?

NJMcLellan's picture

Of course, but he says that "All the variations of this style that I have digitally don’t match exactly". I was just offering a theory as to why that may be.

oldnick's picture

Note that the initial "Wi" is kerned; this matches the available "two-letter logotypes" for Linotype Century Expanded.

Jens Kutilek's picture

Florian is right, I'm just interested in what font this is. I don't have any old specimen books to consult ...

The sample is from a custom-printed birth announcement card from 1970. I don't know if hand-composing was common for this kind of printig job then ...

The g is notably different from all the Century variations.

oldnick's picture

It might be Linotype Excelsior, or not; how about some more characters?

Jens Kutilek's picture

This is the alphabet, as complete as possible from my source.

oldnick's picture

Well, it's definitely NOT Excelsior, but I am still certain that it IS a Linotype face...

JanekZ's picture

Ionic No 5 by Merghenthaler Linotype?

Uli's picture

> Ionic No 5 by Merghenthaler Linotype?

Ionic No. 5 seems to fit.

See page 19 of the following document:

www.sanskritweb.net/fontdocs/ionic.pdf

Jan's picture

The caps don’t match.

JoergGustafs's picture

Given its roundness, I’d check the different versions of Bauer and Baum’s Impressum. Some are quite close (the r differs in some versions).

Clarion is close as well. But as we all know, close is the little sister of futile.

JoergGustafs's picture

^ Hmm, today I wonder what led me to the assertion that this typeface is close to Impressum…

Any new insights yet?

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