Italic script initials…

I’m looking to identify this font.

24 point.

I’ve searched McGrew.

I’m also missing the N just in case there is someone out there that will sell one or perhaps sell their font of this type.

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Lead Graffiti:

Do these smaller initials fit into the mortices of the other font you’ve posted? I have seen these before, but don’t have access to my catalogs at this minute. I believe the mortised initials you posted had a set of smaller ones which fit at upper left & lower right to make the proper combos for full name monograms with the surname being the larger element.


Yes, these are the smaller initials that fit into the two mortises of the larger set, thereby making a mongram. I too am not near my reference books right now so I can post their name later. Together these and the larger center initials form a complete font of monogram combinations. These were offerred only in the size(s) that you have.


I see an online resource lists the digitised font version of this as Bradway Monograms. I believe I have seen this monogram font in one of the later 1940s ATF books, but like Rick, I don’t have the book in fornt of me.


The Broadway Monograms are shown in the same source as the Elite Monograms, ATF Typographic Accessories TY-142 of 1961 (and of course in various other specimens; this is just one example). See:

It would be interesting to know when Elite and Broadway monograms were developed, and who designed them (if indeed that is known).

David M.

The Broadway Monograms do not appear in the 1923 ATF book, and I’ll bet I remember seeing it in the little book of Typographic Accessories David cites above. Maybe someone could check out the 1940s books to see if they were listed there. That would give us a starting date for their offering between 1923 and 1940s.


Both the Elite and Broadway monograms are in the 1934 ATF Book of American Types (pp. 199-200). This volume is online at:

David M.

Actually, the idea that these letters fit with the other, more complicated set makes complete sense. I have them sitting in a galley right beside each other and never even got close to considering they went together even though I could see that the main letter was the same design. I couldn’t imagine how you would set text with the double mortise in play. I can’t wait to try them now.