Schauspiel im ZDF (1978–83)
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I share this love for ITC, and this post made my day!
The unidentified font for Neurosen could be Bizarro (digitized by Dieter Steffman in 2000).
Good lead, Jay! I have added Bizarro, although it’s unlikely that that’s the original name. Christoph Gassner probably used a phototype adaptation of the same historical source, or a reproduction in an alphabet source book.
The booklet featuring these pictorial letters was designed in 1979. Bizarro was digitized only in 1992, by David Rakowski. All that Steffmann did was adding the missing W. Unfortunately, he didn’t include the readme text file that comes with Rakowski’s release. It states that Bizarro is derived from “an old 17th or 18th century source”, and that it’s distributed as shareware ($3), to be paid to Columbia University’s Music Department.
Thanks, Jay. I have added the info about this other digital interpretation to the page for Bizarro.
Both versions, Bizarro by Rakowski/Steffmann and Silhous for Jeff by Klein unfortunately are of poor quality, and appear to be autotraced. Shown below is the letter U from Gassner’s booklet design (left) compared to Bizarro (center) and Silhous for Jeff (right).
Note the differences in the faces, but also in other details like the knuckles at the bottom. It looks like the original design didn’t include glyphs for V and W. In Bizarro, these are derived from U. In Silhous for Jeff, they were made from M. Klein flopped several letterforms to offer different forms for the upper- and lowercase, see HIMOTUX. Furthermore, k and S are flipped; Q tilts more.