Origin uncertain. Shown by Bruce as early as 1869 as Gothic Condensed, No. 2 and by Marder, Luse & Co. as Gothic Condensed No. 4. A very similar design (with wider ‘f’) was shown by ATF as Gothic Condensed No. 124 and Lining Gothic Condensed No. 524.
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