This is an orphaned block that I got with one of my first mixed lots. It might be a condensed version of futura. This style is quite odd, it’s got a different feel from the early grotesque faces, but it doesn’t fit with the uniform weight, geometric modern gothics either. The loop of the 5 is very tall, and the stroke weight varies quite a bit, where the top is pretty straightforward.
The shoulder of this block has red ink (another red numeral!!!! I’ll have to do a poster playing off of that). The face is a nice yellow color, with some dark stains as well. It’s interesting how level the grain is, there isn’t much curvature, especially at the top.
Style: Futura Condensed?
Style first appeared: Unknown
Size: 15 pica
Manufacturing Method: Pantograph
Is it part of a complete set? No