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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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Pacifica

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Pacifica Pacifica

Europa Text

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Europa Text Europa Text

Mozart

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Mozart Mozart

Lady Cleo

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Lady Cleo Lady Cleo

Coney Island

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Coney Island Coney Island

This is based on a mid-Victorian Connor’s foundry font originally known as Manhattan.

One of several old faces known in America as “French Clarendons”, in Europe as “Italians”, and, wait for it, in France as “American”.

Faust Text

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Faust Text Faust Text

Tourist

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Tourist Tourist

Moritz

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Moritz Moritz

Cheval

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Cheval Cheval

Westmore

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Westmore Westmore

Roman Forum

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Roman Forum Roman Forum

Disco

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Disco Disco

Eureka Antique

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Eureka Antique Eureka Antique

Trapeze

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Trapeze Trapeze

We took a distressed-looking Victorian type called Cabinet and redesigned it with clean lines to make it more suitable for today’s decorative work.

Quite readable in all sizes.

Bordeaux

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Bordeaux Bordeaux

Huntsman

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Huntsman Huntsman

Standing Stones

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Standing Stones Standing Stones

Donaldina

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Donaldina Donaldina

Flo Barnum

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Flo Barnum Flo Barnum

Vanities

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Vanities Vanities

A Victorian type which, like so many others, was originally offered without a lowercase.

As we do so often, we designed a matching lowercase for it.

We also added a shaded version of the caps, figures and points of our earlier Vanities font.

Pekin

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Pekin Pekin

Arcade

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Arcade Arcade

A neat face with pronounced spur serifs which several foundries have already digitized. We like ours better though, because we have drawn a lowercase which was lacking in the original.

Barnhart Bros. & Spindler of Chicago introduced this type in 1888.

Houdini

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Houdini Houdini

Hullabaloo

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Hullabaloo Hullabaloo

Gilbey

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Gilbey Gilbey

Benjamin

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Benjamin Benjamin

All Angles, No Curves!

Paper Lanterns

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Paper Lanterns Paper Lanterns

At the very least, you'll need this for the Chinese New Year celebration.

This was designed in the year of the monkey, and includes all the usual accents for Western European languages. Caps have tassels, lowercase have no tassels.

Circlet

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Circlet Circlet

Banquet

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Banquet Banquet

Zorro

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Zorro Zorro

Malibu

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Malibu Malibu

Lord Mayor

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Lord Mayor Lord Mayor

We know very little about this font. A printer in Lisbon had it, but said it came from England. Nicolette Gray shows it in her Nineteenth Century Ornamented Type Faces as Lord Mayor from the British Typefoundry. We never got the complete font, but drawing the missing letters was not difficult.

Dutch Treat

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Dutch Treat Dutch Treat

Dangerfield

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Dangerfield Dangerfield

The Barnhart Bros. & Spindler foundry put out a caps-only face called Dante. We liked it, but felt it needed a lowercase. The result here is a rather nice square design, which has become a personal favorite.

Acantha

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Acantha Acantha

Originally made in seven sizes, 6 to 48 point. Our font was digitized from the 24 point which we found in 1947 in a Sparks, Nevada, newspaper shop.

Typical of the late nineteenth century types for job printers, where the rule was “never start a line with a font used in the line above”.

Minnesota

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Minnesota Minnesota

Cathedral

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Cathedral Cathedral

Baraboo Banner

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Baraboo Banner Baraboo Banner

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