Script typeface identification

I recently purchased a nearly complete set of this script wood type and was hoping someone could help me to identify it. Any help would be appreciated!

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This typeface is labelled as “Fashionaire” shown in the June 1956 Catalog No. 0656, by the Morgan Sign Machine Co. of Chicago. Morgan machines were known as Lino-O-Scribe. IO’ve been told they were built by Vasndercook. Type for sign machines had a groove cut into the bottom to facilitate setting it on steel bars. Fashionaire was made in eight and 12 line as well as three inch. Don’t know why line and inch sizes but that’s how they’re listed in the catalog. Metal faces were listed as 24, 36, 48, 60, 72 point. I don’t know of any 30 or 42 point sizes from Morgan. Some wood fonts are listed as three inch, others as 18 line? Why?Perhaps someone out there can let us know?

PS. Jennifer: I forgot to add: you bought an almost complete font…not an almost complete set!

Thank you so much for all of the information!

As far as grooves in the backs of wood type: I’m not sure of this, having no experience with a Showcard sign press, but I think it may only be the Showcard that uses the steel bars requiring grooved type. The Line-O-Scribe presses I’ve seen and used don’t use the bars nor need grooved type. Anyone have more info on this?

Stanislaus - do you have images of the Showcard type catalog you could share? That would be an amazing resource! Specimens for these sign press fonts are hard to find.

I also just acquired a full font of Fashionaire - just missing a capital B.