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Filmotype

Originally sold in the 1950s, the Filmotype introduced by its founders Allan and Beatrice Friedman was a simple manually operated photo typesetting machine (the iMac of the 1950s) and it used 2-inch filmstrips with over 500 amazing display alphabets so the user could set headlines on photo paper or film. Filmotype eventually went on to become Alphatype until the Mac came along in 1984 and POOF! No more photo typesetting!

In 2006, the Font Diner acquired this amazing photo film alphabet collection and continues to digitize and releasing these wonderful gems of 1950s lettering as digital fonts!

To learn more about the history of this amazing company, a companion book was written and released in 2009. It’s called Filmotype: By the Letter - An Illustrated History and at over 130 pages, this book will be sure to become a cherished keepsake in your design bookshelf and can be purchased at (http://www.fontbros.com/merchandise.php).

Foundry details

  • Location:
    Filmotype
    Eau Claire, Wisconsin
    United States of America
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Crazy Fredericka bought many very exquisite opal jewels.
Filmotype Lakeside Filmotype Lakeside

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Jack amazed a few girls by dropping the antique onyx vase!
Filmotype Leader™ Filmotype Leader™

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Quick wafting zephyrs vex bold Jim.
Filmotype Jupiter™ Filmotype Jupiter™

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TV folk buy ex-Prez John Quincy Adams’ wig.
Filmotype Alice™ Filmotype Alice™

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Queen Elizabeth’s proxy waved off Mick Jagger.
Filmotype Modern™ Filmotype Modern™

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A mad boxer shot a quick, gloved jab to the jaw of his dizzy opponent.
Filmotype Giant Filmotype Giant

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Jim just quit and packed extra heavy bags for Liz Owen.
Filmotype Ginger™ Filmotype Ginger™

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Six quite crazy kings vowed to abolish my pitiful jousts.
Filmotype Glenlake™ Filmotype Glenlake™

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Sex prof gives back no quiz with mild joy.
Filmotype Major™ Filmotype Major™

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The jukebox music puzzled a gentle visitor from a quaint valley town.
Filmotype Brooklyn™ Filmotype Brooklyn™

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Six crazy kings vowed to abolish my quite pitiful jousts.
Filmotype York™ Filmotype York™

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Boxer M. Tyson packs his bags w/ Jay-Z DVDs, Quik, Holyfield’s ear.
Filmotype Power™ Filmotype Power™

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Mix Zapf with Veljovic and get quirky beziers.
Filmotype Parade Filmotype Parade
Filmotype Parade Filmotype Parade
Filmotype Parade Filmotype Parade

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Jimmy and Zack, the police explained, were last seen diving into a field of buttered quahogs.
Filmotype Hudson Filmotype Hudson

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Grumpy wizards make toxic brew for the evil Queen and Jack.
Filmotype Fashion™ Filmotype Fashion™

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Gen. Schwarzkopf’s job quietly vexed him.
Filmotype Kingston™ Filmotype Kingston™

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Gorbachev’s quixotic plan fazed jumpy hawks.
Filmotype Yukon™ Filmotype Yukon™

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Mix Zapf with Veljovic and get quirky Beziers.
Filmotype Candy™ Filmotype Candy™

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All questions asked by five watch experts amazed the judge.
Filmotype Keynote™ Filmotype Keynote™

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Just keep examining every low bid quoted for zinc etchings.
Filmotype Lucky™ Filmotype Lucky™

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Freight to me sixty dozen quart jars and twelve black pans.
Filmotype Harvard™ Filmotype Harvard™

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Fax back Jim’s Gwyneth Paltrow video quiz.
Filmotype Western Filmotype Western
Filmotype Western Filmotype Western
Filmotype Western Filmotype Western

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A quick movement of the enemy will jeopardize six gunboats.
Filmotype Horizon™ Filmotype Horizon™

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Jump by vow of quick, lazy strength in Oxford.
Filmotype Honey™ Filmotype Honey™

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Baroque? Hell, just mix a dozen wacky pi fonts & you’ve got it.
Filmotype Yale™ Filmotype Yale™

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Schwarzkopf vexed Iraq big-time in July.
Filmotype LaCrosse™ Filmotype LaCrosse™

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Lawbooks forgave John Quincy Adams, sixth Prez.
Filmotype Gem™ Filmotype Gem™

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Fabled reader with jaded, roving eye seized by quickened impulse to expand budget.
Filmotype Kellog Filmotype Kellog

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Watch all five questions asked by experts amaze the judge.
Filmotype Ace™ Filmotype Ace™

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Blowzy red vixens fight for a quick jump.
Filmotype Escort™ Filmotype Escort™

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Two hardy boxing kangaroos jet from Sydney to Zanzibar on quicksilver pinions.
Filmotype Homer™ Filmotype Homer™

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Many-wived Jack laughs at probes of sex quiz.
Filmotype Royal™ Filmotype Royal™

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Pack my box with five dozen liquor jugs.
Filmotype Arthur™ Filmotype Arthur™

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John Quincy Adams grew vexed by talk of puzzles.
Filmotype Kentucky™ Filmotype Kentucky™

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Quincy Jones vowed to fix the bleak jazz program.
Filmotype LaSalle™ Filmotype LaSalle™

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Astronaut Quincy B. Zack defies gravity with six jet fuel pumps.
Filmotype Gay™ Filmotype Gay™

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Perhaps President Clinton’s amazing sax skills will be judged quite favorably.
Filmotype Liberty™ Filmotype Liberty™

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The quick brown fox jumps over a lazy dog.
Filmotype Melon™ Filmotype Melon™

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Quickly Shortz dreams up a few vexing jumbles.
Filmotype Harmony™ Filmotype Harmony™

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How quickly daft jumping zebras vex.
Filmotype Atlas™ Filmotype Atlas™

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Fred specialized in the job of making very quaint wax toys.
Filmotype Hemlock™ Filmotype Hemlock™

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The exodus of jazzy pigeons is craved by squeamish walkers.
Filmotype Havana™ Filmotype Havana™

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Jaded zombies acted quaintly but kept driving their oxen forward.
Filmotype Wand Filmotype Wand
Filmotype Wand Filmotype Wand
Filmotype Wand Filmotype Wand

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How razorback-jumping frogs level six piqued gymnasts!
Filmotype Jade™ Filmotype Jade™

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Packing five dozen waxy liquor jugs? Must be a typophile.
Filmotype Orlando Filmotype Orlando

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We promptly judged antique ivory buckles for the next prize.
Filmotype Zeal™ Filmotype Zeal™

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A quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
Filmotype Quartz Filmotype Quartz

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Quick zephyrs blow, vexing daft Jim.
Filmotype Hamlet™ Filmotype Hamlet™

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Viewing quizzical abstracts mixed up hefty jocks.
Filmotype Hickory Filmotype Hickory

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Five wine experts jokingly quizzed chablis sample.
Filmotype Panama™ Filmotype Panama™