Ismar David's typefaces for Photo-Lettering

Type-design-wise, Ismar David is obviously best known for his David Hebrew family, but he also drew several other typefaces for Photo-Lettering during his time in New York. From what I could piece together, there are five of these: David Classic, David Informal, David Humanistic, and Inscripta (all Latin), and David Siddur (Hebrew).

Nonpareil Type, who revived David Hadash, appear to have also digitized David Classic. But the only direct source I can find for that is this PDF specimen. This doesn't list David Hadash, so perhaps Classic was removed from their library once Hadash had been completed? To add to the confusion, Luc Devroye credits them with a version of Inscripta but not Classic.

If anyone has any knowledge about which of these have been digitized or where more complete/high quality specimens could be found, it would be greatly appreciated! Attached are the best specimens I could get of Informal, Humanistic, Inscripta, and Siddur.


  • George Thomas
    Contact House Industries. They bought the Photo-Lettering assets and may have something.
  • Deactivated User
    Deactivated User Posts: 11
    edited July 2020
    Good idea, I'll try that and post here if I get anything back. I might also look into the RIT's Cary Graphic Arts collection which houses most of his work and see if they have anything that could be useful.
  • María Ramos
    María Ramos Posts: 100
    Shani Avni is an Assistant Curator at RIT’s Cary Graphic Arts Collection at the moment. She may be the person who can help you with this.