Blessings Thanksgiving Eve ’95 flyer
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Good sleuthing, Jay! And thanks for sharing a glyph set of Enigma.
Chances are that Brandish is not the only FontBank digitization featured on his flyer. This company from Evanston, Illinois also made a digitization of Vellvé, under the alias Velveteen. An ad the September 1992 issue of PC World shows the letter A from 263 display typefaces from their library, offered for $99.95. The second to last glyph is from Velveteen. FontBank also digitized Enigma, as Enliven, see the middle of the seventh line in the image below.
According to founder Jerry Saperstein (via Luc Devroye), “those fonts were hand-rendered in a totally legal manner from photographic enlargements of analog type specimens.” I highly doubt, though, that many (if any) of them were authorized by the designers and original publishers, or that FontBank paid any royalties for them. A good chunk of the designs weren’t that old in the early 1990s. This outfit took advantage of the fact that font providers weren’t quick enough to convert their libraries to digital form, or had gone out of business when analog typesetting came to an end, and that American copyright law made it nearly impossible to protect the visual design of a typeface. (It’s different for digital data – which wasn’t a concern at the time – and for names, which could be registered as trademarks. That’s why FontBank used aliases.)
Apart from the moral issues, the technical quality of their fonts “was horrible” [Fred Showker]. Devroye has a list of font names. FontBank’s pre-OpenType fonts were still being sold in 2018, from Xara Group Ltd’s BuyFonts.com.
And even albeit the first in the fourth row, does it possibly look like Blippo Bold? I don’t know what this means 🤔
Yes, that appears to be Brandish, i.e. Blippo Bold. It looks like the A’s in the graphic are shown more or less in alphabetical order, with Acclamation (Accolade), Abbess (Abbott Oldstyle), Accord (Accant), Addled (Ad Lib), Acropolis (Agraphicus), Acappella (Acapulco), Acme (Aachen) all in the first line; and Wisten (Windsor), Valken (VAG Rounded), Template (Tea Chest), Worda (Wichita), Velveteen (Vellvé), and Watson (Worcester Round) all in the last one.