Wooden Letterpress Font

onedollartom's picture

Any help identifying this font/face? It's an old set of Letterpress blocks, but I'm not sure how to refer to it.




Justin_Ch's picture

If you just need to describe it I'd suggest "condensed Western slab serif." Playbill is probably the best known vesion of the style but it's not an exact match.

oldnick's picture

The style, in general, is known as French Clarendon, and made its appearance in the United States after the American Civil War. This particular iteration, because it is extra condensed, was usually referred to as "Belgian."

onedollartom's picture

thanks you guys. Now I'm going to sound like a real Beavis, because I guess that's the whole reason I was kind of up in the air about it... I wasn't sure if it was correctly called Playbill or Clarendon. Now I'm kinda still not sure what I should call it. I want to get it right because I'm about to send it to eBay.

onedollartom's picture

actually, I think I found it... doesn't this look right to you?
link to French Clarendon

oldnick's picture

Si, señor: Rob Roy Kelly IS the man when it comes to woodtype.

onedollartom's picture

thanks again, oldnick. you were a help to me when I joined this board about a month ago, for the same reason. I have a HUGE collection of older type I stumbled into, and I'm going to need more help in the weeks to come. I REALLLY appreciate both of you guys for responding; I'm feeding myself by selling small lots of letters while I try to reassemble some of these old fonts, which I think are absolute historical treasures. When I get contacted by eBay "experts" they usually are just trying to steal the type off of me. It's nice to have this place to get some unbiased help. I'm not really a "typophile" so much as I am a person who just seems to have been surrounded by type, for one reason or vocation or another, for most of my life. Let's just say I'm an appreciative student. Much help to me, and if you want you can prolly search eBay for "French Clarendon" and find the listing. Thanks again, guys.

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