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HiH stands for Hand-in-Hand because I couldn’t do it alone — any of it. I am as interested in history as I am in typefaces and I firmly believe that no typeface is an island, either. By that I mean, every typeface has a context and a history and is a product of some person(s) creativity and effort. Since alphabets have the purpose of written communication, a typeface cannot be TOTALLY original or it would be useless. A typeface must, at minimum, resemble other typefaces that already exist. If a reader cannot recognize any of the letterforms, the reader will not be able to read any of the words formed by those letters and there will be no communication.

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Figgins Tuscan™

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Figgins Tuscan™ Figgins Tuscan™

Early in the 19th century, foundries began releasing a variety of decorated ornamental letters based on the Tuscan letterform. Fancy Tuscan letters quickly became so popular, they eventually came to represent the cluttered extremes of Victorian design. Foundries competed with each other to produce most extravagantly decorated letterforms. As often happens, success turned to excess.

Cruickshank ML

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Cruickshank ML Cruickshank ML

Cruickshank is a decorative typeface from the late Victorian period. The upper case includes a several letters with swash strokes, extending well below the baseline. The lower case contains small caps of simpler design. Alternatives to the swash caps are provided.

Rodchenko Constructed ML

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Rodchenko Constructed ML Rodchenko Constructed ML

Besley Clarendon

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Besley Clarendon Besley Clarendon

Morris

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Morris Morris

Thorowgood Sans

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Thorowgood Sans Thorowgood Sans

A three-dimensional all-cap font for title use, Thorowgood Sans Shaded was released by the Fann Street Foundry of W. Thorowgood & Co. in 1839. Interestingly, it more closely resembles Figgins' Four-Line Emerald Sans-Serif Shaded of 1833 than Fann Street’s own Grotesque Shaded of 1834 (with light and shadow reversed).

Phinney Jenson

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Phinney Jenson Phinney Jenson

Phinney Jenson ML is a font with deep historical roots firmly planted in the fertile soil of the Italian Renaissance. Twenty years after Lorenzo Ghiberti finished his famous East Doors, the Gates of Paradise, of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence and about fifteen years before Sandro Botticelli painted his “Birth of Venus,” a French printer by the name of Nicolas Jenson set up a small print shop in the powerful city-state of Venice. The fifteenth century marked the end of the plague and the rise of Venetian power, as the merchants of Venice controlled the lucrative trade of the eastern Mediterranean and sent their ships as far as London and even the Baltic. In 1470, Jenson introduced his Roman type with the printing of De Praeparatio Evangelica by Eusebuis. He continued to use his type for over 150 editions until he died in 1480.

Freak

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Freak Freak

Cherub

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Cherub Cherub

HiH Firmin Didot™

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HiH Firmin Didot™ HiH Firmin Didot™

Wedding

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Wedding Wedding

Wedding Regular was originally designed by Morris Fuller Benton for ATF and released as Wedding Text in 1901. It is a lighter version of his ENGRAVER'S OLD ENGLISH of the same period. Wedding Regular is based on the Textura style of blackletter that continued in popularity in England into the 16th century, long after the Dutch, French and Italians had moved to a Roman model that expressed the Renaissance humanism of the period. Wedding Headline is a still lighter version of the regular text face, suitable for setting larger sizes while still preserving the delicacy of the decorative hairlines.

Wedge Gothic

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Wedge Gothic Wedge Gothic

Bold, muscular, vaguely oriental, Wedge Gothic ML is the original name of this font released by Barnhart Bros. and Spindler of Chicago in 1893. The straight-forward, no-nonsense name tells us exactly what to expect: sans-serif letterforms based on wedge-shaped vertical strokes. The typeface was dropped for awhile -- it does not appear in the 1907 catalog for example -- but reappeared in 1925 as Japanette. What is the opposite of "straight-forward" anyway? According to McGrew, Wedge Gothic was originally created for the Chicago Herald newspaper. The designer is unknown. A distinctive display face, useful when a strong and unusual statement is desired.

Hispania Script

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Hispania Script Hispania Script

Gundrada ML

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Gundrada ML Gundrada ML

Augsburger

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Augsburger Augsburger

Alt Gotisch

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Alt Gotisch Alt Gotisch

Teutonia

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Teutonia Teutonia

Figgins Antique

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Figgins Antique Figgins Antique

“Hey, look at me!” cried the new advertising typefaces. With the nineteenth century and the industrial revolution came an esthetic revolution in type design. Brash, loud, fat display faces elbowed their way into the crowd of book faces, demanding attention. Those who admired traditional book types harumphed and complained. Robert Thorne had fired the opening round with his Fatface. With the cutting of Figgins Antique, the battle was well and truly joined. Job printing came into its own and it seemed like everything changed. The world of printing had been turned upside down and the gentile book-type aficionados recoiled in horror much as the rural landed gentry recoiled at the upstart middle class shopkeepers and manufacturers. William Savage, approvingly quoted by Daniel Berkeley Updike over a hundred years later, described the new display faces as “a barbarous extreme.” These were exciting times.

Rundgotisch

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Rundgotisch Rundgotisch

One of my favorites. Rundgotisch is a easy to read for eyes that are accustomed to roman letterforms, yet keeps in touch with its blackletter roots. It was released around 1900 by Schelter & Giesecke of Leipzig, Germany.

Seuchter Experimental

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Seuchter Experimental Seuchter Experimental

Edelgotisch

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Edelgotisch Edelgotisch

Art Gothic HiH

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Art Gothic HiH Art Gothic HiH

T-Hand Monoline

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T-Hand Monoline T-Hand Monoline

Gradl Zierschriften

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Gradl Zierschriften Gradl Zierschriften

Norwich Aldine ML

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Norwich Aldine ML Norwich Aldine ML

Habana Deco ML

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Habana Deco ML Habana Deco ML

Habana Deco ML was inspired by a hand-lettered sign on the stucco exterior of a small pharmacy in modern-day city of Havana, Cuba. It, in turn, was based on the fat-faced Art Deco lettering of the late 20s and early 30s, especially the Futurismo posters out of Italy, as well as alphabets designed in The Netherlands, France, USA and even the Soviet Union.

Herold

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Herold Herold

Roller Poster

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Roller Poster Roller Poster

Create your own 1960s-style flyer.

Shout

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Shout Shout

Shout is a “Hey, Look at ME” font. It is an attention-getting font for posters, flyers and ads. Its lineage includes the Haas Type Foundry’s 19th century advertising font, Kompakte Grotesk, which Jan Tschichold (1902-1974) dryly described as “extended sans serif” and which graphic designer Roland Holst (1868-1938) would have disapprovingly referred to as a “shout,” as opposed to the quiet presentation of information that he believed was the proper function of advertising. In 1963 Letraset released what appears to be an updated variation in multiple weights designed by Frederick Lambert called Compacta. Shout draws heavily on Compacta, as well as other similar fonts of the 50s and 60s like Eurostile Bold Condensed and Permanent Headline. In weight, it falls about halfway between Compacta Bold and Compacta Black, but with a relatively heavier lower case that is not so easily pushed around by the upper case. After all, one can shout while sitting down.

Petrarka

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Petrarka Petrarka

Page No. 508

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Page No. 508 Page No. 508

Page No. 508 was designed by William Hamilton Page in 1887 as one of a series of designs for die-cut wood types for the firm of Page & Setchell of Norwich, Connecticut. Page & Setchell was the successor to The William H. Page Wood Type Company and was sold to the Hamilton Manufacturing Company of Two Rivers, Wisconsin in 1891.

Auchentaller

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Auchentaller Auchentaller

Auchentaller was inspired by a travel poster by Josef Maria Auchentaller in 1906. To our knowledge, it was never cast in type. Grado lies on the northern Adriatic, between Venice and Trieste. At one time the port for the important Roman town of Aquileia. With the decline of the Roman Empire, the upper Adriatic region came under the rule of the Visigoths, the Ostrogoths, the Byzantines, the Lombards, the Franks, the Germans, the Venetians and finally, in 1796, the Austrian Hapsburgs. So it remained until the dissolution of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy in 1919, following World War I, when the seaport of Trieste was awarded to Italy. With Trieste came Montefalcone, Aquileia and Grado. The area was marked by years of political tension between Italy and Yugoslavia, exemplified by the d'Annunzio expedition to capture Fiume (Rijeka) in September, 1919. Some basic discussion of the period from 1919 to 1939 may be found in Seton-Watson’s Eastern Europe Between The Wars (Cambridge 1945) and Rothschild’s East Central Europe Between The Two World Wars (Seattle 1974). In 1965 I was traveling by train from Venice to Vienna. Crossing the Alps, the train stopped for customs inspection at the rural Italian-Austrian border, just above Slovenia. We were warned not to get off the train because there were still shooting skirmishes in the area. Through all this, Grado remained literally an island of tranquility, connected to the mainland by a only causeway and lines on a map.

Gradl Initialen ML

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Gradl Initialen ML Gradl Initialen ML

Huxley Alt

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Huxley Alt Huxley Alt

Gothic Tuscan One

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Gothic Tuscan One Gothic Tuscan One

Secession

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Secession Secession

Waltari

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Waltari Waltari

Huxley Cyrillic

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Huxley Cyrillic Huxley Cyrillic

Huxley Cyrillic is based on our Huxley Amore Bold, retaining all the Western and Central European characters of the latter, while adding upper and lower case Cyrillic characters.

Advertisers Gothic

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Advertisers Gothic Advertisers Gothic

Scholz Secession

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Scholz Secession Scholz Secession

Mulier Moderne

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Mulier Moderne Mulier Moderne

Even though the phrase Art Nouveau originated in Paris at the shop of Siegfried Bing, the French preferred to call it Le style moderne. This very sinuous, very Art Nouveau typeface was designed by an E. Mulier around 1894, probably also in Paris. The organic, vine-like curve forms are frequently seen in the art of the period. Examples include the architecture of Victor Horta, the furniture of Henry van de Velde and the jewelry of Max Gradl.

Gradl Highstep

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Gradl Highstep Gradl Highstep

Pekin

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Pekin Pekin

Antique Tuscan No 9

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Antique Tuscan No 9 Antique Tuscan No 9

Publicity Headline

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Publicity Headline Publicity Headline

Kunstler Grotesk

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Kunstler Grotesk Kunstler Grotesk

Austin Antique

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Austin Antique Austin Antique

French Plug

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French Plug French Plug

Schnorr Gestreckt

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Schnorr Gestreckt Schnorr Gestreckt

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