Peter Moesser’s Music – Happy Time b/w Clipper 404
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“12” and “38” are from an Anglaise like Künstlerschreibschrift. The digital versions nor the specimens of Stempel’s foundry type that I looked at are a perfect match, though.
The inclusion of Schmalfette Grotesk got me thinking. This alphabet by Walter Haettenschweiler was originally “just” a piece of lettering, reproduced in Lettera 1 (1954). Read more about Lettera as a de facto font format (as in fount of letterforms). Schmalfette was later made into a film typeface. However, 1968 strikes me as quite early for phototype, at least for this wide range of display styles, at least in Germany. It’s clearly not (direct) letterpress, so …
Could this glücksschweinchen be composed from numerals found in alphabet source books? I checked my copy of Lettera 1 and indeed struck lucky! Most of the included styles only show alphabetic characters, but a few additionally have numerals. Among those are not only Profil (7, 8) by the Lenz brothers and Chaillot (4, 35) by Marcel Jacno. There’s also Bauer Bodoni in roman (3) and italic (21, 37, 41, 42). And several faces that appear to be Lettera exclusives: Italienne (5, 6, 31), a narrow French Antique; Modern Art (26), a wide Fat Face; and Mannequin (45). The latter is the “condensed Modern of the French variety” I mentioned before. All three of them were drawn by Swiss artist Alex Stocker (1926–1954), Italienne and Mannequin together with Hans Gruber.
I’ve updated the font IDs and added this Use to my Lettera Set. It also qualifies for 2+ typefaces by 1 designer, and not just once, but thrice: 2×Georg Trump, 2×Hans Gruber, and 3×Alex Stocker. This piglet keeps on giving!
Excellent sleuthing, Florian. Thanks!