8 line Ampersand

A bit of a mystery here. Previous posts from this font have been categorized as Futura Bold. And in fact, most of the letters, both caps and lowercase, are identical to Futura, but the open bowl of this ampersand and the hook on the lowercase j have me scratching my head.

From the timeline of American wood type manufacturers on the Rob Roy Kelly American Wood Type Collection website, we know a handful (give or take a couple) of manufacturers were producing wood type after Futura became ubiquitous in the late 1920s–early 1930s. Since typeface piracy has been rampant since the advent of moveable type, it’s pretty much a given that every manufacturer would have been producing a Futura knockoff. The capital A blocks in this font bear no manufacturer’s stamp, which mostly rules out Hamilton, so whodunnit and whatchamacallit?

2 thoughts on “8 line Ampersand”

  1. Can’t seem to find any Ampersands displayed in the 20th c. (non-Hamilton) specimen books I have access to. The grain on the face seems to indicate that this is side-cut rather than end-cut so am guessing that narrows it down to Allied, ACME, AWT or Globe (at least of the known and identified 20th c. manufacturers)?

    Maybe Bill Jones has an ampersand master template for the Mode Gothic (AWTs answer/knock-off to Futura)?

  2. Thanks for the comment, David. I was planning to ask Bill about Mode; maybe he’ll read these comments and chime in?

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