‘What Face Wednesday’ No.3

Welcome to the third ‘What Face Wednesday’ metal typeface identification competition! This week I am offering the prize of a pastiche Victorian letterpress poster (including free International p&p), hand-typeset and printed by myself on a mid-nineteenth century Columbian handpress. The prize can be viewed here.

This week I need you to correctly identify the typeface name, designer and the event for which it was designed. Answers must be posted on this Blog (as a comment) and the first person to answer all three questions correctly will be the winner. Sorry, but I will not be able to accept answers submitted via Twitter or email. Good luck!

Congratulations to the joint winners (seconds apart!) of this week’s competition, Mark McKellier & Simon Lewin, who both correctly answered all three questions. The typeface is Festival (or Festival Titling) and was designed by Phillip Boydell to commemorate the Festival of Britain in 1951. It was introduced by The Monotype Corporation in that same year.



  1. Mark
    Posted May 6, 2009 at 11:02 am | Permalink

    Looks like ‘Festival, the font used for the Festival of Britain 1951

  2. Mark
    Posted May 6, 2009 at 11:05 am | Permalink

    Oh, and it was design by Phillip Boydell, at Monotype (though I had to look that up!)

  3. Mark
    Posted May 6, 2009 at 11:07 am | Permalink

    Correct name is ‘Festival Titling’

  4. Simon Lewin
    Posted May 6, 2009 at 11:07 am | Permalink

    That’ll be Festival Titling, by Phillip Boydell – designed for the 1951 Festival of Britain.

    And one of my favourite typefaces!

  5. Jens Jørgen Hansen, bogtrykker
    Posted May 6, 2009 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

    I need to be a bit more hurry – this little quiz seems to be very popular.

    The FESTIVAL type is a very interesting design, and I must admit that I did not know it before now. Thank you very much for sharing this with me.

    By the way, is it possible for me to buy a copy of the beautiful poster?

    Gott grüß die Kunst

    Jens Jørgen Hansen, bogtrykker
    Workshop for Letterpress Printing & Type Studies

  6. Posted May 6, 2009 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    Too late again… I need to start setting my alarm clock! Fine poster BTW.

  7. Alan
    Posted May 6, 2009 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    Late again … I see I’m going to have to enter from work if I am to stand a chance in this competition.

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