San Fransico Giants typeface

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Here's another sports team like face for your perusal:

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So it's called Tuscan, huh? This particular typeface is from a Rawlings catalog and is called "Fancy". (See also "Pittsburgh Pirates Typeface" posting.) I just now found a very similar one on the MyFonts website called "URW Wood Type D".

And I made a mistake on the team myself. It's the Pittsburg Pirates that use a similar typeface and not the SF Giants. I reversed the two names. Oops.

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Revealing my ignorance once again. Thank you for the correction.

These fonts are from the 1999 Men's or Women's Basketball Rawlings Catalogs. They didn't have much more information than that. I've looked on their website but can't find anything about the typefaces.

Thanks for your help and my congrats to 'Brother' Jones on the Retina face. Truly Divine.

hrant's picture

Libraries are the best, but for those wanting to purchase, the inimitable http://www.bookfinder.com happens to be showing available copies of both works.

hhp

Diner's picture

Jonathan have you come across any reference for an animated tuscan? I'm planning such a beast right now. Bouncing baseline and offbeat playfulness.

hrant's picture

If there wasn't such a difference between northern and southern Italy, one might consider naming such a font "Tarantella"!

hhp

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Jonathan - Thanks! I'm just a stone's throw from BYU's library that

hrant's picture

Dude, when it comes to a serious type library this side of the Atlantic, UCLA rules:
http://www.library.ucla.edu/

In fact, to me it's the one good thing UCLA has...

hhp

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Jonathan, here's another one for you...

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I wouldn't be surprised. My bosses brought a bunch of font cd's back from the Philippines. There's no such thing as copyright honor in that country.

I've got a couple other Tuscan-like typefaces I found today by Ray Larabie. Take a peek:

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I wouldn't be surprised. My bosses bring a lot of stuff back from the Philippines where even software can be bought for $2 per (pirated) cd.

I found a couple of other Tuscan-like typefaces today. You might check out:

http://www.larabiefonts.com

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oops. thought i fixed that...

Stephen Coles's picture

Just discovered some fun tuscans at FontMesa.

Stephen

hoefler's picture

These are great, Tom. Where are you finding them?

It's strange how many sports teams use Tuscan lettering. Our local New York Mets feature Tuscans in both their 'NY' monogram and the words 'NEW YORK' spelled out on their jerseys (or at least on the tie-in merchandise they license...) At least one of the 'Sox' teams uses a Tuscan as well, though I've forgotten which, and I'd hate to make a clay-footed blunder by guessing. (The only topic more contentious than font piracy is sports.)

I'm collecting Tuscans for a project, so if you come across any others, I'd love to see them.

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Tuscan's not the name of the typeface, it's the general species. "Tuscan" letterforms are those that have bifurcated (fishtail) serifs, and more often than not, some sort of ornamentation midway along the stems. For obvious reasons, the phototype crowd used to refer to this style as "pineapple type."

Adobe's got a couple of Tuscans in their various Wood Type collections. And if you look very carefully at the banner at www.typography.com, you'll see some Tuscans lurking in the background. Another project to come...

I'd love to get that Rawlings catalog. Could I trouble you for some more information about it? (Name, date, etc.)

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Thanks on both accounts!

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By the way, if you're interested in Tuscans, check out Nicolete Gray's "Nineteenth Century Ornamented Types and Title Pages," and Rob Roy Kelly's "American Wood Type: 1828-1900." They're both annoyingly out of print, but a good library should have them. They're both chocked full of Tuscans.

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Animated Tuscan! Keep us posted.

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Thanks. Now that one looks a little more familiar; Letraset's 'Quentin,' I believe? There's some fishiness (eh, 'Customization') afoot in a few of the letters, but I'm confident that's where it began.

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hrant,

How do I access the UCLA type libraries?

Thanks.

-n

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