(x) Is this Fairfield? - yes {Jan}

_Palatine_'s picture

It looks a lot like letterpress Fairfield, but with a couple of small differences.

The samples:

http://img186.imageshack.us/g/img2081l.jpg/

They are from E.B. White's "One Man's Meat", published by Harper & Brothers, from 1938 to 1944.

I'm comparing the samples with this:

http://www.textism.com/textfaces/index.html?id=16

- The italic f is different from the Fairfield in Textism.
- The capital U is different from the Fairfield in Textism.

Perhaps the old letterpress Fairfield is simply a bit different from Adobe's digital version shown in Textism.

Perhaps it isn't Fairfield after all . . .

I'd appreciate some help in identifying this lovely old type.

Jan's picture

It is Fairfield.
Look here:
http://typophile.com/node/54510
Scroll down to Kent’s original specimen.

JanekZ's picture

For me it also looks like Fairfield. The only problem Linotype produced it after 1940 (or something is not told in my book).
Here http://books.google.com/books?id=eTJ8khmZie0C&pg=PA202&lpg=PA202&dq=lino... is specimen of metal types. Digital version is based on 48 or 60 pt so it is much lighter than your text.
Here http://www.abaa.org/books/274218562.html is "Fairfield. New linotype face designed by Rudolph Ruzicka..." 1940, 19 pages and 150$

_Palatine_'s picture

Ha! So it is.

I forgot about that thread I created. Mea culpa.

Do we still, a year later, have no viable Fairfield revivals?

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