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Solotype

The Solotype Archive consists of a large number of antique fonts collected over the years by Dan X. Solo.

Dan’s biography makes interesting reading.

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138 font families from Solotype

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Eccentric™

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Eccentric™ Eccentric™

Seminary

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Seminary Seminary

Memorial

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Memorial Memorial

The Fredrick Ullmer Co. in London acted as agent for many typefoundries, and this was one of their offerings. Some of the letters were rather outlandish, so we fearlessly decided to improve them. The result is this dated but pleasant font.

The original didn't have a lowercase, so we added it.

Tally Text

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Tally Text Tally Text

Goodfellow

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Goodfellow Goodfellow

Penny Arcade

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Penny Arcade Penny Arcade

Palmetto

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Palmetto Palmetto

Behrens Antiqua

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Behrens Antiqua Behrens Antiqua

Designed by Peter Behrens, well known graphic artist and architect in Germany in the late 19th and early 20th century.

This “Antiqua” was done for Rudhard’s Typefoundry in Offenbach A. M. around 1902, and has been used in modern times for museum retrospectives of the designer’s work.

Crossroads

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Crossroads Crossroads

Hearst Roman

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Hearst Roman Hearst Roman

A product of the Inland Type Foundry, some say stolen from a hand lettering job done by Goudy. (Goudy was one of those who said it!)

Longbranch

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Longbranch Longbranch

Eastlake

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Eastlake Eastlake

Fandango

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Fandango Fandango

Margie

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Margie Margie

Concave Extended

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Concave Extended Concave Extended

Extended is here

Valerie

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Valerie Valerie

Cleopatra

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Cleopatra Cleopatra

Egyptian Oldstyle

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Egyptian  Oldstyle Egyptian  Oldstyle

Athena

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Athena Athena

Dawson

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Dawson Dawson

Moulin Rouge

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Moulin Rouge Moulin Rouge

This came from a shop near Munich, Germany, and was a very poor proof with no font name on it. Never did identify it. When we cleaned it up, we liked it pretty well. We think it is typical of some early twentieth century art nouveau fonts.

Alaska

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Alaska Alaska

Quadrille 2

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Quadrille 2 Quadrille 2

This is a simplified Tuscan, free from excessive ruffles and flourishes.

Types of this general design began to appear in profusion in the 1830, and continued as a popular form until the end of the nineteenth century.

We added the lowercase to this one for increased usefulness.

Bamberg

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Bamberg Bamberg

Estienne

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Estienne Estienne

Hearst Italic

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Hearst Italic Hearst Italic

Excelsis

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Excelsis Excelsis

This font began life as a metal type called Duerer, from the Boston Type Foundry about 1890. A wood type maker copied it, and that’s where we got it (in Guadalajara, Mexico, already! Some people travel to see the sights; we travel to collect type.)

Assay

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Assay Assay

Farringdon

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Farringdon Farringdon

An old wood type we picked up in London from the Fredrick Ullmer Company. It’s not marked, and we've never seen it in a catalog, so we don't know who made it.

We like it for antique-looking western posters and playbills. We added the lowercase. We have seen it used on British music hall bills.

French Ionic

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French Ionic French Ionic

This would be a Clarendon if it weren't for the cute serifs, which set it apart.

Reads well in copy blocks.

Barbary Coast

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Barbary Coast Barbary Coast

Monument

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Monument Monument

Bamboo

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Bamboo Bamboo

Huron

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Huron Huron

Gashouse Gang

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Gashouse Gang Gashouse Gang

Dime Museum

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Dime Museum Dime Museum

This idea of “wrong way weights” was originally called French Clarendon by the Americans, Italienne by the French, and American by the Italians. Sounds like nobody wanted to own up to it.

When it was revived by ATF in 1933, it was given the name P. T. Barnum. Many variations have appeared.

Gladiate

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Gladiate Gladiate

Fairmont

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Fairmont Fairmont

This is one of the Victorian standards for job printing issued by the Barnhart Brothers and Spindler Foundry about 1891. It looks old without being decorative, a good counterpoint to fancier types in today¹s old fashioned typography.

Telegraph

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Telegraph Telegraph

Charles Beeler Jr. designed this in 1895 for Mackellar, Smiths and Jordan, which was part of the American Type Founders combine.

The font had a short life because five years later ATF began an “off with the old, on with the new” program, and this font was an early victim.

Unique Wood

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Unique Wood Unique Wood

Five Star Final

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Five Star Final Five Star Final

Square Dance

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Square Dance Square Dance

Cognac

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Cognac Cognac

Many years ago, we bought a bunch of proofs that had apparently come from the defunct Van Loey-Nouri foundry in Belgium. Cognac was an incomplete alphabet among them, which we completed.

Just a guess, but 1910 seems like a probable date for this art nouveau design.

Behrens Schrift

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Behrens Schrift Behrens Schrift

Hansard

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Hansard Hansard

Angel

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Angel Angel

A Light Weight Victorian

Tuscan Gothic

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Tuscan Gothic Tuscan Gothic

Roundhead

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Roundhead Roundhead

Fantan

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Fantan Fantan

From an early 20th century sign painter’s copy book.

We gave it a softer treatment than many of the faux-Asian faces have.

We also added a lowercase, as is our wont.

Welcome

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Welcome Welcome

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