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The Black Chancery Plague of Tropea

Contributed by Florian Hardwig on Nov 16th, 2015.
    Adding insult to injury: poorly drawn lettershapes plus erratic tracking
    Photo: Florian Hardwig. License: CC BY-NC-SA.

    Adding insult to injury: poorly drawn lettershapes plus erratic tracking

    La tipografia di ristoranti a Tropea, 2/2:
    Four restaurants, one typeface.

    It seems that every other restaurant in Tropea, Calabria (population: 6,800) uses Black Chancery, which together with Scriptina arguably is one of the most dreadful freebies in existence. How could this happen — do they all belong to the same owner? Did they copy each other? Or is the local signmaking company and its limited font repertoire to blame?

    Adding insult to injury: poorly drawn lettershapes plus erratic tracking
    Photo: Florian Hardwig. License: CC BY-NC-SA.

    The descending ‘P’ has been clipped in “Pizzeria”. The last line appears to be stretched.

    Adding insult to injury: poorly drawn lettershapes plus erratic tracking
    Photo: Florian Hardwig. License: CC BY-NC-SA.

    … here I go again. This sign is credited to Romano Arti Grafiche.

    Adding insult to injury: poorly drawn lettershapes plus erratic tracking
    Photo: Florian Hardwig. License: CC BY-NC-SA.

    What happened to the ‘g’?

    The Black Chancery Plague of Tropea 5
    Photo: Florian Hardwig. License: CC BY-NC-SA.

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