Lady Liberty holds a tablet engraved with:
This tablet was sculpted in 1883 by a team of builders in Paris based on a design developed between 1865 and 1875 by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi of Alsace. The lettering resembles a condensed version of Bank Gothic, which Morris Fuller Benton designed in 1930 for ATF, except that the angles of the terminals (e.g., C, J) are squared off rather than diagonal.
I spent part of today doing web searches for detailed information on the history of sans serif typefaces prior to Akzidenz Grotesk, looking for some hints, but I find instead everyone repeating the same history post-AG.
So . . .
Is the tablet's lettering original, or is it based on some contemporary, sans serif typeface?
And, where can I find a detailed history of sans serif typefaces prior to AG?