Found this in Malmö, Sweden. It means Malmö Power Plant and is from late 50s och early 60s. I have big trouble identifiering the font, particular the R and the E with the lowered centers bar.enter image description here

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    It sure is a lovely time piece. I guess it's reasonable to assume it was created on-site - either with or without an existing example. Did you try any font recognition site, which may be able to find a digital font that is close enough? See also What are the requirements for a font identification?.
    – Jongware
    Sep 3, 2016 at 12:05
  • I tried various online font identifying pages but the closest was a Grotesk type but still the R and E don't match. But as you said it could be a local type.
    – Kim
    Sep 4, 2016 at 14:39

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This type has the characteristics of the late 1940-50's follow up of Art Deco: Modernism. And there is a modern revival of such a font: House Industries' Neutraface. A design by Christian Schwartz heavily influenced by the work of architect Richard Neutra (whose father coincidentally owned a metal foundry, so it nicely ties in with your "industrial" look).

It even has the widely spaced umlaut – yet even larger than in your sample:

Neutraface sample

(sample courtesy of House Industries – direct link)

  • Thanks! This is almost right. The E are spot on but the R and M is a little bit of.
    – Kim
    Sep 4, 2016 at 18:07
  • @Kim: As I said, I seriously doubt you'd find an exact match for a (likely) handmade text from a pre-digital age.
    – Jongware
    Sep 4, 2016 at 19:33

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