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Samoa, originally released by Boston and Central foundries in the US.


Nice find, Craig! Where did you see it?

answered by Champ (7.6k points)
Thanks! It was reproduced in David Jury's /Graphic Design Before Graphic Designers: The Printer as Designer and Craftsman 1700-1914/.

So would the latter-day Didot foundry have a deal with what I gather would have been ATF by 1900 to sell their designs?
And do you have a documented, or even ballpark, date of when this first showed up?
As the Fonts In Use page states, we've gathered through the linked sources that Samoa first appeared around 1889. Yes, Beaudoire or its predecessor likely licensed it or bought the matrices. When it showed up in France would take some searching. Next time I have some time at Letterform Archive I will have a look at our specimens!