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Bitstream

Bitstream is known among type enthusiasts and professionals alike as being one of the companies that lead the way towards the democratization of type. For centuries, the type world had been the exclusive domain of skilled typographers who worked large, cumbersome presses. With the birth of digital type though, came a revolution in the industry that enabled Bitstream, one of the first digital type foundries, to help grow the desktop publishing industry.

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Caslon Old Face

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Caslon Old Face Caslon Old Face

William Caslon established the first major English typefoundry, re-creating earlier Dutch designs with excellent craftsmanship, color and rhythm.

ITC Tom’s Roman

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ITC Tom’s Roman ITC Tom’s Roman

Another personal revival of the Oldstyle, sharing the style of Trooper.

Vineta™

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Vineta™ Vineta™

An inline shadowed Clarendon designed in 1973 for VGC by Ernst Volker.

Schadow™

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Schadow™ Schadow™

Designed by Georg Trump in 1938, this typeface was Weber’s answer to Ludwig & Mayer’s Candida.

Kaufmann™

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Kaufmann™ Kaufmann™

The most popular type of this kind, designed for ATF by M.R. Kaufmann in 1936.

Piranesi™

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Piranesi™ Piranesi™

An informal script designed for ATF as an italic for his Piranesi by W.T. Sniffin.

MICR

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MICR MICR

The familiar numerals from the bottom of American MICR (Magnetic Ink Character Recognition) checks, designed in 1958 for printing in magnetic ink to be read by magnetic readers and humans; they are produced in several closely related weights for light, normal or heavy inking. Most simulated computer typefaces are based on this design.

Davida™

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Davida™ Davida™

A highly decorative set of capitals suggesting nineteenth century forms, designed by Louis Minott for VGC in 1965.

Della Robbia™

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Della Robbia™ Della Robbia™

Thomas Maitland Cleland’s careful and scholarly creation of a typeface from 15th Century Florentine inscriptional capitals; designed for the Bruce division of ATF.

Bookman™

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Bookman™ Bookman™

Bookman, a little lighter than the original, is the ATF version of Phemister’s Antique Old Style, introduced as a textface at the turn of the century.

Lydian Cursive

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Lydian Cursive Lydian Cursive

Lydian is Warren Chappell’s almost calligraphic sanserif, designed for ATF in 1938. Lydian Cursive, done by Chappell in 1940, is much freer and more calligraphic.

Life is a journey.

Cloister™

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Cloister™ Cloister™

Designed for ATF in 1913, Morris Fuller Benton’s version of Nicholas Jenson’s roman, the best of the Venetians and a model for regularity in color and fit.

Fraktur

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Fraktur Fraktur

The standard German Fraktur textface of the last century, principally used today for mathematical setting.

ITC Gorilla

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ITC Gorilla ITC Gorilla

Borrowed from Post Oldstyle by Tom Carnase and Ronne Bonder, who prepared the face for ITC.

Nuptial

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Nuptial Nuptial

An informal script designed at Intertype for wedding invitations.

American Text™

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American Text™ American Text™

A condensed American blackletter designed for ATF in 1932 by Morris Fuller Benton; the face grows out of nineteenth century roots.

Raleigh™

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Raleigh™ Raleigh™

Following the death of Carl Dair, David Anderson redrew Dair’s design, Cartier, for Typsettra, where it was renamed Raleigh. Adrian Williams at Fonts added three weights as a display series for Conways, while Robert Norton drew the text series.

Caslon Bold

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Caslon Bold Caslon Bold

The Bitstream version of Caslon 3 of the American Type Founders, 1905.

Empire™

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Empire™ Empire™

Wedding Text™

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Wedding Text™ Wedding Text™

Morris Fuller Benton’s version of the standard American nineteenth century blackletter made for ATF in 1901.

ITC Grizzly

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ITC Grizzly ITC Grizzly

An early ITC borrowing from Kabel, faithful to the original proportions of Kabel Heavy, from the hands of Ronne Bonder and Tom Carnase.

Script 12 Pitch

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Script 12 Pitch Script 12 Pitch

Life®

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Life® Life®

Designed by Francesco Simoncini and W. Bilz, this design follows Times New Roman in structure, but differs in some details. Unlike Times New Roman, the boldface is a weighted version of the roman.

Hobo™

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Hobo™ Hobo™

Morris Fuller Benton’s 1910 contribution to the Art Nouveau sanserif, designed for ATF, with all descenders eliminated to encourage combinations of this typeface with other shapes.

Shotgun™

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Shotgun™ Shotgun™

Sets of Art Deco capitals shot full of holes for display effect by by J. Looney at VGC.

Amelia™

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Amelia™ Amelia™

Stan Davis drew this face for VGC in 1967, following the structure of the MICR figures to suggest a ‘computerized’ effect.

Bernhard Tango™

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Bernhard Tango™ Bernhard Tango™

An elegant and disciplined script popular for fifty years.

Thunderbird™

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Thunderbird™ Thunderbird™

A typical set of American Tuscan capitals cast by ATF in the middle of the nineteenth century.

Maximus™

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Maximus™ Maximus™

Bremen™

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Bremen™ Bremen™

Bremen was designed at Bitstream by Richard Lipton and released in 1992. It is based on German poster art from the period between the World Wars.

Newspaper Pi

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Newspaper Pi Newspaper Pi

Bernhard Bold Condensed

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Bernhard Bold Condensed Bernhard Bold Condensed

A freely drawn heading face prepared in 1912 by Lucian Bernhard for Bauer. The typeface enjoys a vogue in Europe.

Century® Schoolbook WGL4

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Century® Schoolbook WGL4 Century® Schoolbook WGL4

In 1924 Morris Fuller Benton designed for ATF a new variation on his father’s design, Century Oldstyle. Century Schoolbook has become a synonym for readability.

Letter Gothic 12 Pitch

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Letter Gothic 12 Pitch Letter Gothic 12 Pitch

Roger Roberson skillfully adapted the sanserif to the monospace IBM typewriter at Lexington, Kentucky, in 1956.

Latin Extra Condensed™

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Latin Extra Condensed™ Latin Extra Condensed™

The American nineteenth century display form as handed down through ATF and the composing machine companies, largely for use in newspaper headlines.

Poster Bodoni WGL4

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Poster Bodoni WGL4 Poster Bodoni WGL4

A slightly more refined revival of the Fat Face, as supervised by Chauncey Griffith at Mergenthaler one year after ATF’s Ultra Bodoni.

Impuls™

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Impuls™ Impuls™

A vigorous brush design by Paul Zimmermann for Wagner in 1954.

Universal Math I

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Universal Math I Universal Math I

Courier 10 Pitch WGL4

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Courier 10 Pitch WGL4 Courier 10 Pitch WGL4

Another in the series of competent IBM serifed typewriter faces, this one from Howard Kettler in Lexington in 1956.

Allegro™

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Allegro™ Allegro™

A typeface with characteristics of roman and italic, fat face and stencil, modern and script. It was designed by Hans Bohn for Ludwig & Mayer in 1936.

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