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Dan X. Solo

The Solotype Archive was begun in 1942 when I was 14. I was a kid printer for several years before that. At 16, after a quick three months of training, I dropped out of school and went to work full time as a radio actor and announcer in San Francisco. (Easy to get jobs in those days, due to the war-induced manpower shortage.) In 1949 and 1950, I created a magic show which played West Coast theatres with some success. After that, back to broadcasting.

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Mardi Gras Improved

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Mardi Gras Improved Mardi Gras Improved

Benjamin

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Benjamin Benjamin

All Angles, No Curves!

Penelope

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Penelope Penelope

Dainty Lady

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Dainty Lady Dainty Lady

Zorro

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Zorro Zorro

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.

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Originally made in seven sizes, 6 to 48 point.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”.

Valerie

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Valerie Valerie

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.

Malibu

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Malibu Malibu

Baraboo Banner

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Baraboo Banner Baraboo Banner

Nadall

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Nadall Nadall

This stylish lightface was designed by Bernd Nadall for Barnhart Bros. & Spindler as a caps-only font in 1895.

The lowercase was added at Solotype a hundred years later, resulting in a font quite at home in modern advertising.

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.

Fat Face No. 20

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Fat Face No. 20 Fat Face No. 20

Crossroads

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Crossroads Crossroads

Margie

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Margie Margie

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.

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!)

Hansard

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Hansard Hansard

Behrens Schrift

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Behrens Schrift Behrens Schrift

Roundhead

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Roundhead Roundhead

Assay

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Assay Assay

Banquet

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Banquet Banquet

Manifesto Bold

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Manifesto Bold Manifesto Bold

Hearst Italic

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Hearst Italic Hearst Italic

Circlet

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Circlet Circlet

Dutch Treat

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Dutch Treat Dutch Treat

Unique Wood

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Unique Wood Unique Wood

Eastlake

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Eastlake Eastlake

Minnesota

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Minnesota Minnesota

Brevet

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Brevet Brevet

Pekin

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Pekin Pekin

Gilbey

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Gilbey Gilbey

Rigney

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Rigney Rigney

Bindweed

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Bindweed Bindweed

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