Pretorian goes back to an early 20th century typeface by P.M. Shanks and Sons, Ltd., The Patent Type Foundry, London. [Luc Devroye]
Revived by Letraset as rub-down type in the late 1970s. Digitized as OPTI Pretoria (Castcraft), Vivian (Dieter Steffmann), and, most successfully, as Pretorian DT by Ron Carpenter and Malcolm Wooden (DTP Types Limited, 1992), adding Inline, Profile (Outline) and Handtooled styles. Ray Larabie’s Reagan (Typodermic, 2007) is a weathered interpretation.