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At the instigation of Ben Mitchell I'm starting this thread, potentially about the often strong influence of silent punchcutters on the end-result fonts. Many type designers (such as JvK) have on occasion derided this contribution, but the least we should admit is that they've played a role, and in the case of successful/appealing fonts presumably a positive one.
Here's an image of Bremer Antiqua:
And here's one of Emerson:
Both fonts were cut by Louis Hoell... almost 3 decades apart!