Set by Paul Barnes of Commercial type, this module at the Typography Summer School involved recreating older archived typefaces from references he'd found whilst researching Commercial classics. In this case a condensed slab typeface that we estimated to be early to mid 19th Century. We were lucky enough to have quite a long word so it came together quite quickly. Paul joked at the time that it was very much on the vein of a college varsity logo and re-titled it 'The Mighty Ducks'.
THE MIGHTY DUCKS
I subsequently found the source of Paul's reference whilst thumbing through some of Nicolette Gray's reference books as St.Brides library.
At the time I think we thought it might be a touch earlier but were pleased to be close enough to the mark. Plus with a little more information St Brides were able to find the original specimen book from their archive for me. Such an incredible resource.
Typography Summer School 2019