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Serif from an early 20th c. train time table

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Dear All,

Can you please help me with identifying the serif type(s) in this 1908 train time table? It was printed in Budapest by a local printing company (Pesti Könyvnyomda Rt.) who also had their own type foundry, but my guess is that they were working mostly from German matrices. Variants of the same design with minor differences are to be found all over Hungarian books, newspapers etc. from the preceding and following decades, so it must have been a fairly widely used typeface.


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German foundries all had a design like this under generic names like “Antiqua” which just means roman typeface. But I am also not an expert for that era and can say who sold which matrices to whom. I had a quick look at the Schelter & Giesecke book and Anker Schulantiqua with italics seems to be a pretty good match. It certainly has that t. What seems to be unusual is the rather short tail of the a. Most German fonts in that style seem to have a high tail on the a. 

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Thanks a lot Ralf, I wasn't aware of Schulantiqua at all! From the name I would guess that this might be a Century Schoolbook-inspired design. In any case, it seems a perfect match, so thanks again – we've been working on a very loose revival from this sample for the last 10 months, and it's always nice to know the origin 🙂

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