What is this old school kind of brushy font?
April 2, 2017 8:52 PM   Subscribe

I know I used to see this font on the cover of, say, Boy Scouts manuals, or old books, etc. I feel like I should know what it is! But I can't remember.

I found this "Signboard" font but I think it must be derived from an older font, since I am pretty sure I used to see this font used in old titles. It has a great vintage feel I'm trying to recreate, but this free font only has a normal weight. What the Font and Identifont both came up empty for this sample. Does anyone remember what the original font family is called? Thanks all! (Signboard sample here)
posted by cacophony to Technology (3 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
Mistral? Choc? ITC Banco Heavy?
posted by Chitownfats at 9:11 PM on April 2

The original name of this font is Cartoon, released in 1936. According to the page on Fonts in Use:
There are various digitizations of the Bold, of mixed quality. The one offered by The Font Company under the original name looks squeezed. Others include Adineski Bold by David Rakowski/Intecsas, Caricature by Fontbank, and Cancun by Corel.
posted by tepidmonkey at 9:40 PM on April 2 [8 favorites]

Ah, yes, of course! The original Of Mice and Men. 1936. Perfect. Thanks!
posted by cacophony at 12:01 AM on April 3 [1 favorite]

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