This character comes from another font of unfinished (no varnish or shellac on the face) side grain type, probably cut by American Wood Type Manufacturing Co. in the 1950–60s. The entire font has seen so little use that the router marks are clearly visible on the shoulder. The photo also reveals semi-circular craters around the perimeter of the face, vestiges of the production method that become obscured with use.
20 line Grecian Condensed
I’m fascinated with the slight descent of the center arm of this 3, and with the half-diamond removed from the main stem to create a juncture leading the eye into the middle of the character, reinforcing the figure-ground relationship. The chamfered terminal of the central arm echos the angles of the juncture, creating a perfect call and response to the exterior perimeter of the number. This twenty line font is more complete than the thirty line Grecian Condensed shown on January 25, but unfortunately no manufacturer’s imprint.