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It’s very much worth reading this excellent article by Paul Rennie, which places the lettering in context of the revival of Victoriana over the last decade or so prior. People in this tendency included Nicolete Gray (who advised on 'indigenous’ lettering for the Festival events) Edward Bawden, John Betjeman, Rowland Emmett (who also did design work for the Festival - you must cover him sometime) and some of Ravilious’s design work for Wedgewood.
The image designed by London Press Exchange uses several of the Fanfare Ornaments designed by Berthold Wolpe for Fanfare Press; they published a specimen of Fanfare Ornaments in 1939. So it is likely that Fanfare Press printed the piece shown here since the ornaments were a proprietary design.
RIT’s Cary Collection has recently digitized their copy of the Fanfare Ornaments specimen (in response to my inquiry, thank you!). See:
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