I have come across a certain lively style of hand lettering on some old postcards that interests me. I have only two examples:
The images are from Copenhagen in Denmark and dates back to around 1900-1910. The texts are clearly handwritten. Perhaps etched in some way and added to the images sometime during development of the images.
Although the letters look a little different in the two examples and are written in both regular and oblique style, they seem to follow the same principle. The letters have different baseline and height, but in a consistent way.
I'm interested in learning more about this "font". I doubt it has a proper name, but it would be nice to see more examples. I've searched for "art nouveau", "art deco", "jugend" and more, but have been unsuccessful in finding similar handwriting.
Ideally I would like to find examples of all letters and numerals written in this style so I can recreate it digitally.
After posting this question I actually managed to find the name of the publisher of those old postcards (Fotografisk Forlag which means Photographical Publisher in English). That enabled me to find a lot of images of postcards from the same series. I've cut out the texts, cleaned them up and gathered them here:
The lettering is a bit inconsistent and in varying quality, but there is still a clear pattern.
So now I actually have examples of all numerals and letters except Q, W, Z and Å (which didn't exist at the time the postcards were printed anyway).
However, I'm still interested in:
- Knowing if this style of lettering has a name.
- Seeing other examples of similar writing from that period.
- Finding the missing letters Q, W, Z and Å (and other characters).
- Finding a digital font in similar style.