Stephenson Blake & Co Ltd letterhead, 1950
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St Bride Library posted an image of the same letterhead, used in 1948.
Stephenson Blake were the last of the old English type founders, yet a substantial number of their types were imported designs, sold in the UK under licence. This letterhead from 1948 doesn’t use a single design originated by the Sheffield foundry. pic.twitter.com/kJggSyk0aV— St Bride Library (@stbridelibrary) February 24, 2021
They additionally credit Verona Italic for the address – a typeface that I had skipped to identify. Their claim that the design “doesn’t use a single design originated by the Sheffield foundry” is only true to some extent: While SB’s Verona is a copy of Munder Venezian, (Barnhart Brothers & Spindler), the italic (and the bold) were designed at Stephenson Blake, and are different from the American original. And Bologna originated at Stephenson Blake and was copied by ATF as Verona – not the other way around.