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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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135 font families by Dan X. Solo

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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.

Opera House

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Opera House Opera House

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.

Cleopatra

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Cleopatra Cleopatra

Egyptian Oldstyle

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Egyptian  Oldstyle Egyptian  Oldstyle

Sentry

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Sentry Sentry

Westmore

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Westmore Westmore

Emperor

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Emperor Emperor

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.

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.

Flo Barnum

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Flo Barnum Flo Barnum

Eureka Antique

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Eureka Antique Eureka Antique

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.

Roman Forum

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Roman Forum Roman Forum

Huntsman

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Huntsman Huntsman

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”.

Kitcat

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Kitcat Kitcat

A much used Victorian font.

Campaign

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Campaign Campaign

Alfereta

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Alfereta Alfereta

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.

Cathedral

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Cathedral Cathedral

Fancy Dan

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Fancy Dan Fancy Dan

Pacifica

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Pacifica Pacifica

Welcome

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Welcome Welcome

Europa Text

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Europa Text Europa Text

Stamps

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Stamps Stamps

Tourist

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Tourist Tourist

Lady Cleo

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Lady Cleo Lady Cleo

Spearhead

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Spearhead Spearhead

Riviera

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Riviera Riviera

This is derived from the Marder, Luce foundry’s face called Rivet.

A nip and a tuck here and there plus the addition of a lowercase make this into a potentially useful font.

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.

Bandstand

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Bandstand Bandstand

Bordeaux

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Bordeaux Bordeaux

Moritz

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Moritz Moritz

Cheval

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Cheval Cheval

Gretchen

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Gretchen Gretchen

Disco

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Disco Disco

Standing Stones

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Standing Stones Standing Stones

Donaldina

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Donaldina Donaldina

Cabaret

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Cabaret Cabaret

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.

Monument

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Monument Monument

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.

Bareback

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Bareback Bareback

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.

Hullabaloo

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Hullabaloo Hullabaloo

Concave Extended

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Concave Extended Concave Extended

Extended is here

Ghost Show

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Ghost Show Ghost Show

On Stage Tonite Only!

Barbary Coast

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Barbary Coast Barbary Coast

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