Cane Gothic was designed and cut by Edwin C. Ruthven in ≤1886; he patented it in March–April 1886 and assigned the rights to David Wolfe Bruce (son of George Bruce, holder of the first design patent in US history). The Bruce catalog number is unknown.
The tradename Cane Gothic, an apt description of the “caning” patterned background, may have been assigned by Dan X. Solo, who revived the face for his photo-lettering service.¹
Build a single cane-pattern background motif glyph (en width?) that connects perfectly, horizontally and vertically. Map it to the “|” key, which (for my windows system) automatically repeats when “held down.”
The user could quickly and easily make strips of cane-pattern background. Instructions for “advanced” adjustment of leading, tracking, use of line returns instead of enter key, etc. may be needed.
Then they would type independently kerned “plain” letters, numerals, punctuation, etc. and layer/align the text-block on the background.
This way, the background and text could be assigned two different colors. You could even design cool new furniture-style, left-and-right line finials to outline the edges in a third color (top and bottom edges may be harder to integrate vertically…).
Another very cool thing you could do is map the motif glyph to the spacebar as well so the text is searchable—a big plus for PDFs.
I was advised a l-o-n-g time ago that this practice crashed pre-OSX macs. It has always worked for Windows, so I used a solid rectangle spacebar glyph for a mac-to-win conversion of a “Dymo Label” font sold at myfonts.com, at first only to win TrueType users.
When OSX users started buying the same font, there were no complaints about this problem—I definitely would have heard about it! So apparently it works with today’s macs.
P.S. If the background-glyph strategy works for Cane Gothic, could it work for Stipple too (in my dreams)?