I discovered in a book shop this typeface and I it hardly reminded me of Gill Sans:
This is some kind of variant, right? If not, what's the name and the story of it? And by the way could you make any guess from this poor photo if it's a metal typeface (the book is from 1945)?
Thanks for your help!
Post topics appropriate for TypeDrawers, and post them in the appropriate category. Dialogue should remain about typeface design, lettering, and subjects that affect the community as a whole. If the topic you wish to discuss doesn’t fit in any of those categories, it’s because there are better venues for subjects like typography advice, typeface identification, and graphic design feedback.
(BTW, I don’t think this was a typical type-ID post, it’s a bit deeper, hence my comment.)
Especially the link to the infant topic. Because I wasn't aware of the tradition of this kind of variation in Germany and Poland. What's also interesting is that you look on the typeface and you can't decide if it is more Gill or Futura (or maybe Metro?).
Why I was observing the typeface with curiousity–and why I had to ask about this topic in the forum–was an article one of you shared at typedrawers. It's about Nicolas Jenson. In the article (under the point 'The Castaldi mutation and the choice of letterforms') the author speaks of mutations of letters. If someone bought typefaces from Jenson, they had their own taste of certain letter forms, thus they changed them (e.g. they changed the letter h with the straight leg to a bowled one).
Both geometric; I would sub-categorize them as neoclassical and art deco.