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Nick Curtis

A graphic designer with over thirty years of experience in print, A/V, broadcast television and the Web, Nick Curtis has been passionately interested in typography ever since he discovered a type specimen book in his early teens. He credits Push Pin Studios and the Haight-Ashbury Art Nouveau revival of the 60s as other major influences. Additional fonts by Mr. Curtis include Cuppa Joe, Zinzinnati and Mister Chuckles, all published by ITC.

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Curly Shuffle NF

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Curly Shuffle NF Curly Shuffle NF

A collision between fine, fat caps developed by legendary letterer Alf Becker, and a squirrely, curly, uncredited lowercase uncovered by artist Leslie Cabarga produced this merry romp through the alphabet.

Shady Lady NF

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Shady Lady NF Shady Lady NF

The 1907 Barnhart Brothers & Spindler type specimen catalog called this unique typeface simply “Umbra”. Since that name is already taken, it now has another.

Due to the highly ornate nature of this face, the font has a limited character set (all accented characters, but no math operators or fractions).

Downtown Tessie NF

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Downtown Tessie NF Downtown Tessie NF

Here’s another mosaic marvel from the New York subway system, to complement Midtown Tessie.

This style is based on signage at the 34th Street station, with connections to Brooklyn. A full tile background is available at the bar position, and a marvelous meander can be found at the German double-s spot.

Boogaloo Avenue NF

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Boogaloo Avenue NF Boogaloo Avenue NF

A new take on the perennial Art Deco favorite, Broadway, interpreted by 1930s lettering artist Harold Holland Day, and named after a 1960s R&B song.

Dime Box NF™

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Dime Box NF™ Dime Box NF™

One in the series of fonts called Whiz-Bang Wood Type, intended to be set large and tight. Dime Box is bold and boxy, and creates an interesting visual flow with its notched serifs. Named after a small town in Texas.

Both versions of this font contain the Unicode 1252 Latin and Unicode 1250 Central European character sets, with localization for Romanian and Moldovan.

Rowan Oak NF

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Rowan Oak NF Rowan Oak NF

This “very elegant and British alphabet” was originally released in the 1920s as “Richmond Oldstyle” by the Blackfriars Type Foundry of London. Touted as highly artistic and graceful, it is exceptionally “at home” wherever style and charm are called for.

Falfurrias NF

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Falfurrias NF Falfurrias NF

Another in the Whiz-Bang Woodtype series, based on authentic xylographic designs from the late nineteenth century.

Named after (surprise!) a small town in Texas.

The net effect is a typeface which can add style and warmth to any project.

Hoodoo U NF

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Hoodoo U NF Hoodoo U NF

This roly-poly romp through the alphabet is based on Jürgen Riebling’s irrepressible Mr. Big from the 1970s. Big, bold, bubbly and a little brash, it’s a natural choice for happy headlines. Both versions contain the complete Latin 1252, Central European 1250 and Turkish 1254 character sets.

Outer Loop NF

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Outer Loop NF Outer Loop NF

Here’s the follow-up to my Route 66 series, patterned after the typeface used on signage on the U.S. interstate highway system for fifty years.

The numbers and uppercase letters are true to the original, while a number of the lowercase letters show the influence of the new Clearview type.

Woodtype Borders 2 NF

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Woodtype Borders 2 NF Woodtype Borders 2 NF

Here’s a workman-like collection of border elements gleaned from the specimen books of various American manufacturers of woodtype from around 1840 to 1885. Refer to the PDF guides for detailed, yet simple, instructions for constructing various border patterns, all with Victorian grace and charm.

Plus De Vagues NF

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Plus De Vagues NF Plus De Vagues NF

The original release notes from England’s Stephenson Blake Type Foundry say it all: “a type of some waywardness in design, judged from any typographical standard…a type that seems unable to decide whether to be a roman or a script."

Stephenson Blake called their release "Recherché"— sought after or in great demand, which seems quite appropriate.

Are You Shaw NF

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Are You Shaw NF Are You Shaw NF

This decorative delight is based on a typeface discovered within the pages of "Schriftatlas: Alphabete von A bis Z," and originally named Pygmalion. The swash caps and plain caps in the lowercase positions allow for wide-ranging creativity in the composition of dramatic headlines. Both versions include the complete Latin 1252, Central European 1250 and Turkish 1254 character sets, as well as localization for Moldovan and Romanian.

Camelopard NF

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Camelopard NF Camelopard NF

A wooden face, rather prosaically named Gothic Bold, from Hamilton’s 1889 specimen book provided the pattern for this bold and brassy face. Both versions support the Latin 1252, Central European 1250, Turkish 1254 and Baltic 1257 codepages.

Top Kick NF

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Top Kick NF Top Kick NF

Schriftatlas: Alphabete von A bis Z strikes again with this dazzling display of geometry at play, originally named Concentra. Best used at larger sizes for maximum impact. Both versions contain the complete Latin 1252, Central European 1250 and Turkish 1254 character sets.

Morticia NF

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Morticia NF Morticia NF

From Mortised to Morticia, this quaint titling face will add antique charm and a bit of drama to any project it graces. Both versions support the Latin 1252, Central European 1250, Turkish 1254 and Baltic 1257 codepages.

Fordor Incised NF

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Fordor Incised NF Fordor Incised NF

Based on a old standard, Tudor Black, this version offers a dramatic inline treatment that adds sparkle and grace. The typeface takes its name from Ford Motor Company’s old designation for a sedan.

Both versions of the font include 1252 Latin and 1250 CE (with localization for Romanian and Moldovan) character sets.

Smith Premier NF

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Smith Premier NF Smith Premier NF

In ye olden days, nothing said “personalized business correspondence” like a typewritten letter, and several type foundries cast simulated typewriter fonts so authentic-looking “personal” letters could be mass-produced.

This typeface is based on one such font from a href="/foundry/atf/">American Type Founders, which was patterned after the letters of the Smith Premier No. 3.

Bindlestiff NF

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Bindlestiff NF Bindlestiff NF

Schmallfette Binder-Style, designed by Joseph Binder and released by D. Stempel AG in 1959 provided the template for this upright, set-tight display face. Its rather unconventional placement of the crossbars on the f and t is a subtle attention-grabber, and true to Binder’s original design. Both versions include the complete Latin 1252, Central European 1250 and Turkish 1254 character sets, as well as localization for Moldovan and Romanian.

Blandford Woodland NF

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Blandford Woodland NF Blandford Woodland NF

The chapbook Pen & Brush Lettering and Practical Alphabets, published by Blandford Press, Ltd., London, in 1929 averred that these letterforms suggested a lightface version of Neuland.

And so they do, with the added bonus that this typeface, unlike its inspiration, includes lowercase characters.

Anna Nicole NF

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Anna Nicole NF Anna Nicole NF

This statuesque semiscript is based on Mirabelle, an in-house design from the German foundry of Wagner & Schmidt, released in 1926.

Round, firm and fully-packed, it’s sure to get attention anywhere it’s used.

Kynges X NF

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Kynges X NF Kynges X NF

This luscious, loopy Lombardic face was inspired by an offering in the 1938 classic, Letters and Lettering by Paul Carlyle and Gus Oring. Suitable for formal or informal occasions.

Both versions of this font contain the Unicode 1252 (Latin) and Unicode 1250 (Central European) character sets, with localization for Romanian and Moldovan.

Inglenook Corner NF

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Inglenook Corner NF Inglenook Corner NF

This whimsical wonder is based on the lettering of Laurence Schall, as presented in Lewis F. Day’s 1910 classic, Alphabets Old and New.

The typeface radiates a charm reminiscent of the works of many talented artists (including Howard Pyle and Arthur Rackham) who illustrated children’s books around the turn of the twentieth century.

Omaha Bazoo NF

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Omaha Bazoo NF Omaha Bazoo NF

Based on a typeface named “Viola Flare”, issued by Franklin Photolettering in the 1970s, this version has been kerned for every possible letter combination, so you can mix the swash uppercase letters with the lowercase as you please, creating distinctive and delightful headlines.

Maple Leaf Rag NF

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Maple Leaf Rag NF Maple Leaf Rag NF

The book Modern Alphabets, published in 1930, called this diamond in the rough from Continental Typefounders Nova Bold.

Well, it’s neither new nor modern anymore, but it’s a warm, friendly face that’s sure to please.

Rassetta NF

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Rassetta NF Rassetta NF

The pattern for this graceful, subtly modulated Art Deco typeface was designed by Willard T. Sniffin for American Type Founders in the 1930s.

True to the original design, the Swash Caps version features Sniffin’s twelve decorative variants.

Funky Chunk NF

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Funky Chunk NF Funky Chunk NF

Lettering whiz Carl Holmes called this creation “Pelt Emphasis Script”, and its funky, chunky charm will indeed lend emphasis to any headline it graces.

San Angelo NF

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San Angelo NF San Angelo NF

A heavy unnamed Gothic typeface from the 1890 William H. Page Foundry woodtype specimen book provided the template for this bold, brash, no-nonsense face. It’s designed to set tight, so your headlines will definitely get noticed. Named for a town in West Central Texas which is noted for being the home of the Buffalo Soliders in the late 1800s.

Franklin Phidian NF

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Franklin Phidian NF Franklin Phidian NF

Franklin Type Foundry’s 1897 specimen book offered the patter for this face. Numerals maching the lowercase are standard but, if you want numbers to match the uppercase letters, activate Stylistic Alternates in OpenType-savvy applications. Both versions support the Latin 1252, Central European 1250, Turkish 1254 and Baltic 1257 codepages.

Banner Year NF

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Banner Year NF Banner Year NF

An unnamed scroll typeface featured in the 1869 MacKellar Smiths and Jordan specimen book provided the pattern for this font.

You may begin and end the scrolls with parentheses, braces or brackets, and employ the space bar as you normally would to construct headlines "in full-flowing draperies".

Ye Olde Block NF

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Ye Olde Block NF Ye Olde Block NF

Lewis F. Day, in his book Alphabets Old and New, offered this typeface as an example from sixteenth-century England of lettering incised in wood. The font is essentially monocase, but there several lowercase letters are alternate letterforms.

Jampact NF

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Jampact NF Jampact NF

A little Compacta, a little Impact, a little photolettering from the 70s, all rolled into one make for a unique headline face that commands attention.

Although this font is primarily unicase, the lowercase positions feature stylistic alternates, so can can mix things up and pack them in.

Kenosha Antique NF

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Kenosha Antique NF Kenosha Antique NF

The inspiration for this elegant, willowy typeface was found in the 1903 type specimen catalog of Barnhard Brothers & Spindler.

The original version was named “Racine”; this version takes its name from another town in Wisconsin.

Thai Foon NF™

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Thai Foon NF™ Thai Foon NF™

One in the series of fonts celebrating the Halcyon Days of Handlettering. Thai Foon, a fun-loving, freewheeling script, is based on a font presented in the book “Lettering of Today” (today being 1933), by W. Ben and Ed C. Hunt.

Pilot Point NF™

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Pilot Point NF™ Pilot Point NF™

One in the series of fonts called Whiz-Bang Wood Type, intended to be set large and tight. Pilot Point is based on an older font found in Dan X. Solo’s book on Circus Type; the designation fits perfectly.

The font gets its name from a small town in Northeast Texas, where several scenes from Arthur Penn’s Bonnie and Clyde were filmed.

Xanthippe NF

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Xanthippe NF Xanthippe NF

Extrabold and exuberant caps from a blackletter face rendered by Ross George in his perennial Speedball Text Book have been combined with a more restrained and traditional lowercase to create a unique and striking typeface that will definitely get noticed.

Millrich Moravian NF

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Millrich Moravian NF Millrich Moravian NF

Originally called Bohemian in the 1918 specimen book of the Miller and Richard Type Foundry of London and Edinburgh, this Jugendstil typeface still retains its freshness and quaint charm. Both versions of this font include the complete Latin 1252 and Central European 1250 character sets.

Waxahachie NF

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Waxahachie NF Waxahachie NF

This unusual take on a typical woodtype typeface is based on a 1950s Stenso lettering template and, appropriately, takes its name from a small town in Texas not far from Dallas, locally noted for its grand Victorian homes.

Partager Caps NF

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Partager Caps NF Partager Caps NF

This typeface takes its inspiration from Will Bradley’s Ultra Modern Initials, released by American Type Founders in 1934.

Woodtype Borders NF

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Woodtype Borders NF Woodtype Borders NF

Here’s a handy-dandy collection of border elements gleaned from the specimen books of various manufacturers of woodtype from around 1840 to 1885. Refer to the PDF guide for detailed, yet simple, instructions for constructing sixteen different border patterns, all with Victorian grace and charm.

Lodewijk Gothic NF

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Lodewijk Gothic NF Lodewijk Gothic NF

The 1897 ATF specimen book featured the pattern for this font, originally called Elzevir Gothic. Its friendly letter-forms and large x-height make it surprisingly contemporary in its presentation. Both versions support the Latin 1252, Central European 1250, Turkish 1254 and Baltic 1257 codepages.

Five And Dime NF

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Five And Dime NF Five And Dime NF

A font with a strong architectural feel, inspired by those great commercial emporiums of a bygone era. To cap the crossbars, use [brackets] to enclose uppercase letters, {braces} to enclose lowercase letters, and the upright bar | between upper- and lowercase letters.

Edda Morgana NF

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Edda Morgana NF Edda Morgana NF

In the 1921 work Letters and Lettering by Frank Chouteau Brown, these letterforms were offered as examples of typical medieval English fare. The font is all caps, but there are variant letterforms in all the lowercase positions.

Both versions of the font include 1252 Latin, 1250 CE (with localization for Romanian and Moldovan).

Artemisia NF

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Artemisia NF Artemisia NF

A crisp, geometric semiscript, based on the font Adonis, originally released by American Type Founders.

Salzmann Deco NF

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Salzmann Deco NF Salzmann Deco NF

This seriously styling family of typefaces is based on Dolmen and Zierdolmen, designed by Max Salzmann for the J. G. Schelter & Giesecke foundry of Leipzig in 1922 and 1923. Unlike previous revivals, these fonts remain true to Salzmann’s original designs. The plain version also features all of the standard German ligatures, accessible through the hlig feature, included in the original release.

Shady Grove NF

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Shady Grove NF Shady Grove NF

This is a condensed version of an old classic, Thorne Shaded.

Both versions of the font include 1252 Latin, 1250 CE (with localization for Romanian and Moldovan).

Tumbling Dice NF

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Tumbling Dice NF Tumbling Dice NF

An unnamed scroll typeface featured in the 1869 MacKellar Smiths and Jordan specimen book provided the pattern for this font. You may begin and end the scrolls with parentheses, braces or brackets, and employ the space bar as you normally would to construct headlines “in a pretty box”.

Orion Radio NF

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Orion Radio NF Orion Radio NF

A 1930s ad for—believe it or not—Orion radios provided the inspiration for this ultrabold and slightly sassy face.

The radio brand didn't make it into the twenty-first century, but its signature typeface has, ready and willing to add a little pizazz to your next project.

Samosata NF

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Samosata NF Samosata NF

Samosata NF is based on Lucian Bernhard’s eponymous Gothic, but it employs all of the alternate characters seldom seen today. The result is an elegant, classical typeface with subtle Art Deco shadings.

Available in two weights, all versions of this font include the Unicode 1250 Central European character set in addition to the standard Unicode 1252 Latin set.

Vasari NF

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Vasari NF Vasari NF

The pattern for this font was found in the 1906 specimen book for the Keystone Type Foundry under the name Ancient Gothic, which is a pretty accurate description of the particular appeal of this typeface. Use it liberally anytime you want to add an air of mystery or menace...or simply some quaint charm. Both versions of the font include complete Latin 1252, Central European 1250 and Turkish 1524 character sets, with localization for Moldovan, Romanian and Turkish.

Bazoo Tow NF

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Bazoo Tow NF Bazoo Tow NF

Here’s a faithful rendering of the slightly quirky, but thoroughly yeomanlike headline face Basuto, designed by Stanley Baxter and released by the Stephenson Blake Type Foundry in 1927. Bold, brassy and a little sassy, this one will perk up your headlines fer sure.

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