Western font

dzgnchic's picture

hey wizards, how 'bout this one?!

Thanks in advance!

western_font

dzgnchic's picture

Ahhhhh, it's URW Wood Type D. Thanks! I'm beginning to understand how to use this site better! ;)

bieler's picture

dc

Sure doesn't look like URW Wood Type D to me.

Stephen's right. But tuscans are a generic form of wood type originally derived from late 18th/early 19th century French metal face designs. The tuscans vary quite a bit.

Where is your specimen from?

dzgnchic's picture

hey Bieler,

Ummmm...It looks like URW WT D with a little bit of embellishment. Yeah, I agree with you, that Tuscan is a generic name after some research. I got this from the web, it was part of a logo design on the site. Don't you think the person added the little balls to the type or you think it's some other face that comes just like it?

bieler's picture

dc

There were tuscans with the "little balls." I've seen a near dead ringer for this in Gray's Nineteenth Century Ornamented Typefaces. But your showing is an inverse. By the end of the century the metal foundries began copying the wood type designs and essentially took the wind out of the sails of the wood type manufacturers. Everyone was copying everything so it is almost impossible to pin down.

But if you scrounge around a bit on the web you will find a similar situation today. Lots of copies of old wood type designs are available, and metal too, of course. In some cases these might be reworked a bit, at least commercial designs, but a lot of the freeware and shareware stuff are straight copies. Sometimes useful because of that if you are only interested in specimens.

dzgnchic's picture

Thanks for the feedback Bieler, can you name one specimen that's similiar to this with the "lil balls" ornamented Type? If it's not too much troubles for you.
I'm trying to track down this font, as close as possible in resemblance. Yep, there are too many wood type fonts in too many different styles, but the closest so far I have found was the URW Woodcut D....

bieler's picture

dc

Can't seem to find it now. All I remember though is that it had the T.A. reference attached to it, meaning it was taken from an advertisement way back when.

But if you are trying to find the digital font this is where you need to start:

http://cgm.cs.mcgill.ca/~luc/wood.htm

Have fun

bieler's picture

dc

Actually, even more specific is Luc's page on western fonts

http://jeff.cs.mcgill.ca/~luc/western.html

Try this first

dzgnchic's picture

alrighty, thanks!

Stephen Coles's picture

That's a "tuscan". We covered tuscans a couple times here
in the forum. Do a search.

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