Sans-serif, narrow, geometrical, lo-case typeface from the masthead of an American 1946 magazine. Scanned.

Hello everyone,

I have attached a scan of the masthead. It reminded me of Wim Crouwel's 1957 Hiroshima poster but this was done almost a decade earlier. The letterforms seem to be drawn on a grid of a 7:2 ratio, if I am correct. Minimal counters and a very graphic, clean appearance.

Thanks in advance!

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oldnick's picture

It’s a pretty sure bet that your sample is hand-lettered—notice how clumsy the ampersand is, compared to the other letters. And, given the date, the lettering probably was not based on an actual foundry-released typeface: the design is simply way too ahead of the pace of the times to have been commercially viable as a release in metal.

Or so it seems to me…

Fiz de la Penha's picture

Thanks for the quick response, oldnick. Is there any metal or digital typeface that may look the part anyway? I guess the keywords are narrow letterforms with chaffed borders?

Thank you anyway for your answer.

riccard0's picture

This kind of construction is often paired with stroke contrast (see, for example, or even a stencil effect.

riccard0's picture

There also is a font inspired by Crouwel’s Hiroshima lettering:
Nagasaki (

fvilanakis's picture

You maybe also interested in SF Port Mc Kenzie by ShyFonts
(free for personal use)

I found it using Find my Font -

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