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Type Archeology

Filed under: Estonia — WoMe @ 15:11

I’m sad I cannot find out the stories behind these battered traces of letters.
At first I only noticed the most obvious, khaki-coloured indication of a bracketed slab-serif face.
It had two lines of text, the upper in Estonian and the lower in Russian, but neither I can fully decipher.
Then there is another type, a grotesque, traces of which you can clearly see on the second photo.
The second one was obviously mounted on top of the leftovers of the first one, but now, as it seems,
the business has finally come to a standstill. (The photo includes my humble cameo :)

19.09. update:
The serifed letters used to say: PUDUKAUBAD and almost certainly ГAΛAНТEРEЯ
which, according to a few online dictionaries, translates into haberdashery.
These kind of shops used to sell small items used in clothing, such as ribbons and buttons,
or completed accessories, such as hats, belts or gloves.




  1. Maybe related to Volta

    Comment by Stephen — 18.09.2007 @ 9:33

  2. Thanks – Volta is certainly pretty close, I haven’t found anything better yet.
    This one seems to be even more extended though and has a bolder stem.

    Comment by Wojtek Mejor — 18.09.2007 @ 15:30

  3. I posted this on the Typophile forum and Clarendon Extended is the nearest match from there.

    Comment by Wojtek Mejor — 20.09.2007 @ 20:55

  4. Hey YOU there in your orange shirt! i don’t know, maybe it’s because it’s still (relatively) early in the day but the fact that you placed the second pic directly under the first: feels like the whole thing is a giant building where a tiny little Wojtek is locked up in the cutest cage, photographing the outside world

    Comment by Floortje — 1.10.2007 @ 11:20

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