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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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Gladiate

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Gladiate Gladiate

Margie

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Margie Margie

Valjean

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Valjean Valjean

Hearst Italic

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Hearst Italic Hearst Italic

Assay

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Assay Assay

Tuscan Gothic

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Tuscan Gothic Tuscan Gothic

Five Star Final

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Five Star Final Five Star Final

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.

Cleopatra

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Cleopatra Cleopatra

Harmony

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Harmony Harmony

A handsome German art deco design that fits in well with other types of the 1920s and 1930s. Originally without a lowercase, so we drew one for it, extending its usefulness.

Ghost Show

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Ghost Show Ghost Show

On Stage Tonite Only!

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.

Bandstand

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Bandstand Bandstand

Welcome

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Welcome Welcome

Filmstar

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Filmstar Filmstar

When you use this font, be sure to look for the two different sets of end and spacing pieces, one with stars, one without. The ends are on the Bracket and Brace keys, and the spaces are on the Vertical Bar and Backslash Key.

There are also a couple of “torn” end pieces on the Plus and Equals key.

Harlem Text

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Harlem Text Harlem Text

This bold blackletter is rather wide, which enhances its readability. In Victorian job printing it was not unusual to find one line of blackletter in a card or handbill, just for contrast.

This one came on the scene sometime in the 1880s.

Dainty Lady

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Dainty Lady Dainty Lady

Cabaret

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Cabaret Cabaret

Mardi Gras Improved

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Mardi Gras Improved Mardi Gras Improved

Valerie

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Valerie Valerie

Brevet

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Brevet Brevet

Bareback

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Bareback Bareback

Brussels

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Brussels Brussels

The Stephenson Blake foundry in England, made two fonts, Flemish Expanded and Flemish Condensed. In our view, one was too wide, the other too narrow; so we redrew it and renamed it Brussels. Why not? Belgium is one of the few places where you may still hear Flemish spoken.

Old Vic

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Old Vic Old Vic

Unique Wood

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Unique Wood Unique Wood

Berolina

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Berolina Berolina

Buddha

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Buddha Buddha

Illyrian

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Illyrian Illyrian

Our font of the original was only ten point, so we had to use our imagination to a great extent.

As specialists in Victorian typography, we have found that many people do not like the “center alignment” idea, used on several old time faces, but we have been faithful to the original.

Angel

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Angel Angel

A Light Weight Victorian

Mural

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Mural Mural

Another caps-only font for which we have designed a lowercase. It was originally brought out in smaller sizes for card work, but proved to be so popular that sizes up to 48 point were soon added.

Minsky

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Minsky Minsky

Fletcher

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Fletcher Fletcher

A special effect type from the French foundry of Beaudoire & Cie.

We changed a couple of characters to improve the overall harmony of the alphabet.

Webster

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Webster Webster

An ideal face for blocks of copy when you want them to look old. Very readable.

Another faithful rendition of the original from the Keystone foundry. Actually several foundries worldwide offered this font.

Master Script

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Master Script Master Script

Spearhead

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Spearhead Spearhead

Opera House

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Opera House Opera House

Contract Banner

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Contract Banner Contract Banner

Hattan Antique

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Hattan Antique Hattan Antique

Atlantis

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Atlantis Atlantis

Sparticus

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Sparticus Sparticus

Blue Point

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Blue Point Blue Point

We began with the Victorian font Dotted, so-called because the counters of many of the letters contained a dot.

We knocked out the dots, added a lowercase, and voila! a more useful type than the original without losing its charm.

Kitcat

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Kitcat Kitcat

A much used Victorian font.

Cigar Label

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Cigar Label Cigar Label

This font was inspired by the embossed lettering on cigar boxes. The letters, or entire words, are often surrounded by raised dots, and that was our idea here. We drew this about 1997, and have been refining it ever since.

All letters are on the lowercase keyboard; the end pieces and spaces are on the caps.

Vienna

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Vienna Vienna

Grecian

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Grecian Grecian

Extravaganza

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Extravaganza Extravaganza

Beijing

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Beijing Beijing

One of the many Solotype experiments in developing fonts with an ethnic flavor, this one is a bit less obvious than most. The lowercase seems to work well.

Fancy Dan

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Fancy Dan Fancy Dan

Stamps

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Stamps Stamps

Europa Text

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Europa Text Europa Text

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