The most recent series of street signs in Wrocław, Poland uses Optima and Frutiger. Judging from these (few) samples, one could assume that the typeface — just like the colors — indicate a certain district: Hermann Zapf’s serifless Roman is used for the old town, Adrian Frutiger’s sans for the Świdnica suburb.
There are also many other older signs still in use, in a wide range of styles. See several of them in Christopher Bergmann’s Flickr album.
Choo, thank you for taking a close look and your suggestion, it’s appreciated. I’m not convinced, though. Attached is a comparison of a few key letters in Linotype’s Optima Medium (left) and Optima nova Medium (right). As far as I can tell, the letterforms on the street signs are closer to the former.
By the way, the ogonek (ę) in Wrocław is different from the one in Warsaw. Neither is a match for the Optimae as currently sold by Linotype, be it nova or vetera.
Photo(s) by “Philipp Messner” on Flickr.
Contributed by LtCmmdr Bo Towers
Contributed by CJ Dunn
Contributed by Stephen Coles