1940's Anonymous font?

This font would have had to exist since 1940 -

Several unique things I noticed - the capital A is a 'loop' type capital - the lower case L has a lower starting point after the capital A and a higher starting point after the lower case O - I assume this would mean that lower case letters might have two slightly differing versions - also the lower case O is open at the top -

Considering the age, it's possible that this might not even be a fully developed font by today's standards -



Most certainly It’s lettering, not a font.

Mousse Script is in the same vein.

Thank you both for your response - I am like fonts, but have almost no 'font' knowledge -

I wondered that it might not be a font - I worded it poorly, but that was what I meant by my comment about not being a 'fully developed' font -

Is it a fair statement that any given letter (eg, the lower case L in the sample) within a font type is always exactly the same? - I assume that would be a good clue that it was lettering as opposed to a font?

And for a cursive font, would each letter have to begin and end (or perhaps exist) at exactly the same relative vertical position, so that the letters would 'connect' when displayed?

Thanks again!


In the pre-digital days one could use handlettered glyphs in a reproduced form to make txts or headings. In the manner of draw once and use often (photocopying or other repro technique necessary). That implies that identical letters may occur in materials that were NOT typeset.

The typophile wizzes have a knack for seeing what is handmade and what ain’t.

The fact that your sample consists of some identical letters and some glyphs with various executions (eg the \l\) supports my theory that this is lettering, done in the way I described.