Like old-fashioned fonts: See dozens of vintage typefaces

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Like old-fashioned fonts See dozens of vintage typefaces
In the days before we had a million and one different fonts from which to choose, the artistry of type — especially when hand-painted on to signs — was still a new phenomenon.

Here’s a look at a few dozen type styles from the first part of the 20th century — including a few old-fashioned fonts that have stood the test of time.

Antique newspaper typefaces – Old font styles

Antique newspaper typefaces - Old font styles


Assorted antique two-color typefaces

Assorted antique two-color typefaces


Assortment of two-color type styles from the 1900s

Assortment of two-color type styles from the 1900s


Calligraphy newspaper heading typeface

Calligraphy newspaper heading typeface - Vintage font styles


Old-fashioned Alphabet typefaces 

Old-fashioned fonts Alphabet typefaces are ever-changing (2)

Alphabet is ever-changing (1913)

The North Platte Semi-Weekly Tribune (North Platte, Neb.) October 24, 1913

Painters cause certain letters to assume new shapes, cultivating the artistic side of the trade.

Alphabets are suffering a change of form at the hands of modern sign painters, remarks the Philadelphia Record.

For many years, letters have held certain distinct forms, which gave them their names and classes. Sign painters, however, are cultivating the artistic side of their trade, and from various signs displayed all over the city, there seems to be a great unanimity of opinion among them as to the appearance of certain letters in one of the alphabets.

This new idea seems to be a tendency to fill in and “balance” blank spaces. It was first to be observed on the letter “L.” The painter saw fit to add a frill about the middle of the space between the base and the upright.

Next the letter “O” of the series was attacked, and the ornamentation went in the middle, making the familiar letter resemble an old Greek “theta.” “A” and “V” and “Q” have been the latest to be touched up.

If the idea spreads much further, the entire alphabet will change its face.

Old-fashioned fonts Alphabet typefaces

Old-fashioned fonts Alphabet typefaces are ever-changing (1)


Title Litho Roman old-fashioned fonts

Title Litho Roman typeface - Vintage font styles


Vintage Longfellow typeface

Vintage Longfellow typeface - Vintage font styles


Vintage newspaper typefaces

Vintage newspaper typefaces - Vintage font styles


Vintage newspaper headings typeface

Vintage newspaper headings typeface - Vintage font styles


Vintage novelty typeface

Vintage novelty typeface - Vintage font styles


Vintage print type styles – Longfellow series font

Vintage print type styles - Longfellow series font


Antique condensed type

Antique condensed type - Vintage font styles


Antique newspaper heading typefaces

Antique newspaper heading typefaces - Vintage font styles


Antique newspaper headline type styles

Antique newspaper headline type styles


Camelot old style typeface

Camelot old style typeface - Vintage font styles


Classic vintage font – Rubens series

Classic vintage font - Rubens series


Condensed series old-fashioned fonts

Condensed series type - Old font styles


Erebus series typeface

Erebus series typeface - Vintage font styles


Formal script font typefaces from the 1900s

Formal script font typefaces from the 1900s


Foster Gothic typeface

Foster Gothic typeface - Vintage font styles


Harper series typeface

Harper series typeface - old-fashioned fonts

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Kitcat series typeface

Kitcat series typeface - Vintage font styles


Lightface and condensed antique newspaper headline fonts

Lightface and condensed antique newspaper headline fonts


Makart typeface

Makart typeface - Vintage font styles


Old calligraphic script for newspaper headlines

Old calligraphic script for newspaper headlines - Type


Old newspaper heading styles of old-fashioned fonts

Old newspaper heading styles of old-fashioned fonts


Old-fashioned Atlanta font face

Old-fashioned Atlanta font face - Real vintage examples


Old-fashioned newspaper headline styles

Old-fashioned newspaper headline styles


Old-fashioned newspaper headline type

Old-fashioned newspaper headline type - Vintage font styles


Old-West style Egyptian extra condensed typeface

Old-West style Egyptian extra condensed typeface - Vintage fonts


Polo series typeface

Polo series typeface - Vintage font styles


Ramona series typeface

Ramona series typeface - Vintage font styles


Real vintage typefaces and type styles

Real vintage typefaces and type styles


Retro Rubens typeface

Retro Rubens typeface - Vintage font styles


Roundhead series typeface

Roundhead series typeface - Vintage font styles


Vertical writing antique typeface

Script - vertical writing antique typeface


Shepard script typeface

Shepard script typeface - old-fashioned fonts


Stencil and Aquatint antique type styles

Stencil and Aquatint antique type styles

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