BB&S Typeface Identification

I have found a very odd typeface that bears the pin mark of BB&S. The proof shows the tails of the characters. The metal itself is cutaway around the tail, not by a saw or mortis, but cast. Any ideas?

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What you have are named Dearborn Initials. They were cast in two sizes, on 24pt. and 36pt. bodies.


Dearborn was cast as a morticed capital to wrap around type the next size down (18 pt for the 24 pt capitals and 24 pt for the 36 pt capitals). You can see this face in their 1907 specimen book on

Michael Hurley
Titivilus Press
Memphis, TN