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.

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.


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:

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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