60s era Polaroid "Swinger" camera manual - title page


Hi, I'm new to Typophile. Thanks for your help.


It reminds me so much of Charter Oak. Even though I know it's not.

Perhaps a predigital version of Derek Italic

Close. Main difference is the leg on R. Designer and history of the font are unknown.

I think you have it Don, The leg on the R seems to be the sticking point - I have found several things that seem to match every thing but the straight leg on the R.

Hi Bob, the leg on _R_ might be an "improvement" by the fontmaker who digitized it. In any case, both versions fit well with the overall design of the font.

Thank you Don and everyone else!

Re: Don's comment that “Designer and history of the font are unknown”.

According to Jaspert, Berry and Johnson this was originally a German design, cut by “John in Hambury in 1892” for Stephenson, Blake & Co. Original English name is Doric 1 Italic, but it was released by various foundries under other names including Old Gothic Bold and Washington.

Thanks Andrew, for reminding me. I checked my files and here is some info in addition to the summary in Jaspert's _The Encyclopedia of Typefaces [1970]_.
The font was released in the U.S. by American Typefounders Company in 1898. Here is the release specimen published by _The Inland Printer_:

A rather different use than for an attractive model with a swinging 60s camera.

Doric Italic and where it really comes from: Fette Kursiv Grotesk (Bold Italic Grotesque) was designed by Johannes John for the type foundry J John Söhne in Hamburg in 1892.

About Old Gothic Bold Italic, Washington etc:

This is the article in the New Zealand magazine Typo which confirms the year of release

Thanks Albert Jan for the correct provenance. Jaspert is usually reliable but it seems that Hamburg became "Hambury" and the designer Johannes John and the foundry J John Söhne were lumped together as simply "John." Rather misleading.