Found Type from 1925

In Melbourne not too far from where i live is this monument to fallen soldiers from World War One.

I love the lettering. It makes be think of a unique version of Futura/Neutraface.

Here are some pics:

Does anyone know the history of this sort of type?

As this sample is from 1925, and Australia, I assumed it was not inspired by Futura or Neutraface.

I find the wide A's in the names kind of weird, but i love the condensed W's.


**EDIT** I've attached some pics here, more on flickr.


The A reminds me of FB Eagle font


Yes indeed those are great too. Neutraface 1 &2 are really great (I love House) my favorite font makers. Sorry I cant help you.


ok, on closer inspection i see it not really like Futura really. i think what made me think that is that it seems to be trying to be a modern, progressive sans, yet it has some very weird traits. (like that wide A and narrow M)

Digging the R and N and E, I like the Ultra's/Black's/Bold's----->are my favorite form of letters.


This shows the influence of Edward Johnston's alphabet designed for the London Underground about 12 years earlier, but it ain't type. Almost all large lettering (more than a couple of inches high) on non-paper substrates was done by hand until the 1970s. That's the beauty of old signs like the one in this post:
People apprenticed as sign painters (Eric Gill learned letter design as a stonecutter), and art schools taught students to render display alphabets.
Few people bother to learn these skills now. Why should they, when they can make good money by taking any old font and blowing it up to 1296 point?

Consider this your Hallelujah, brother : }


thanks all.

i realise these were hand done, what ammazes me is the skill in rendering the letters.

even though they are hand done, would htey have been based on type? like would the signpainter use a specimen book as a guide?