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The unidentified ROUNDABOUT was set in Joseph Gillé’s Madame.
Thank you, Jay! I have added Circus, which is a different name for the same face. Madame is the name used by Linotype for their revival. I need to check and see when it was made. Given the time and place, the version used here could be Calliope, which is the name used by Mecanorma, the European manufacturer of dry transfer sheets. The original version by Gillé probably didn’t have a trade name yet, but a descriptive one like Lettres Ornées or similar.
Thank you, Jay, and thank you Florian, indeed they’re both seem to be derived from Ornamental Fleur de Lis https://www.flickr.com/photos/bookhistorian/45716913222/in/album-72157703198138384/ according to the reference links on each of the typefaces, although Calliope seems to be missing the S shaped ornamental piece on the upper half of each character (Mecanorma had also another design by the name of Circus but it is not the same), unfortunately there isn’t much information about the date any of the dry-transfer or digital versions were released.
unfortunately there isn’t much information about the date any of the dry-transfer or digital versions were released
I have fleshed out the typeface page with more information. Calliope was added to Mecanorma’s range of dry transfer lettering in 1967, shortly after their Letter-Press program was launched.
indeed they’re both seem to be derived from Ornamental Fleur de Lis
No. As we write on the typeface page, that’s a related lettering model, not a typeface. There was a metal typeface by the French foundry of Joseph Gillé that is older than that piece of lettering, dating from the 1820s.
It’s unclear who designed it. Michael Hagemann of FontMesa, who made the revival Maison Luxe, states that he was “contacted by a type historian in France reporting that he could not find any evidence supporting Joseph Gillé as the designer and to the best of his knowledge an artist by the name of Sylvestre may be the true designer.”