Name that Street Sign Typeface!
July 14, 2006 12:36 PM   Subscribe

What typeface comes closest to that shown on this street sign?

An image of the sign can be found here. I have it on the What the Font? forum right now, but I'm hoping the quick minds of AskMeFi can come up with something a little quicker. Thanks!
posted by stefnet to Media & Arts (6 answers total)
Response by poster: I should also mentioned that I tried the What the Font? tool and Identifont, but neither came close, even with a cleaned-up image with the forms highlighted.
posted by stefnet at 12:37 PM on July 14, 2006

try this
posted by Alpenglow at 12:50 PM on July 14, 2006

On second thought, that's not it. Close, but no bannana. Sorry. Good luck to ya.
posted by Alpenglow at 12:51 PM on July 14, 2006

Response by poster: Not bad, but it doesn't have quite the serif that I'm looking for.

I hate to answer my own questions, but I think I'm coming close with either:

ITC Elan



Any other suggestions would be welcomed though!
posted by stefnet at 12:53 PM on July 14, 2006

Looks a bit like Trade Gothic. Not quite, but closer.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 5:30 PM on July 14, 2006

This looks like a custom, late 19th or early 20th c. lettering job. I've seen similar faces in the Dover Victorian Alphabets book, but your best bet in finding a digital font similar to this sign would be to post on the Type ID forums at the excellent FYI it is unlikely that this specific typeface has been digitized
posted by pantufla at 7:00 PM on July 14, 2006

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