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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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One Good Urn NF

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One Good Urn NF One Good Urn NF

J. M. Bergling, in his 1914 masterwork Art Alphabets and Lettering, offered this face as suitable for all occasions Greek, and we couldn't agree more.

Both versions of this font include the complete Unicode 1252 Latin and Unicode 1250 Central European character sets.

Ransom Clearcut NF

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Ransom Clearcut NF Ransom Clearcut NF

Will Ransom designed the uppercase letters in this typeface for Barnhart Brothers & Spindler in the 1920s, under the name Clearcut Shaded Caps.

The lowercase letters come from another BB&S typeface named Clearcut Italic.

An elegant headline face, best used sparingly, the font includes decorative flourishes in the brace, bracket and en dash positions.

Cool Cat Jim NF

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Cool Cat Jim NF Cool Cat Jim NF

A handlettered headline in the January 1953 issue of Park East magazine by wacko album artist Jim Flora provided the inspiration for this exercise in extreme lettering.

Check out the [brackets] and the bullet point... like, endsville, daddy-o.

Due to the complexity of this typeface, the font has no math operators.

Bushwhacked NF

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Bushwhacked NF Bushwhacked NF

Central Type Foundry of St. Louis issued this quirky little gem under the name of Quaint Roman around the turn of the twentieth century.

This version is a little less gnarly than the original, but retains all of its eccentric charm.

Anacostia NF

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Anacostia NF Anacostia NF

The 1923 Barnhart Brothers & Spindler specimen book called this typeface “Cardstyle”, and suggested its use at small sizes for business cards.

It also work quite well in large sizes when a warm, casual antique feeling is called for. Named for a river that flows through Washington, DC.

Boston Blackie NF

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Boston Blackie NF Boston Blackie NF

This bold, bodacious blackletter typeface is based on an offering from the 1832 Boston Type Foundry catalog.

Although it generally appears to be a sober Old English font, there are a few quirky turns here and there, which make it a lot of fun.

Sophisticated Lady NF

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Sophisticated Lady NF Sophisticated Lady NF

Legendary lettering artist Alf Becker called his original offering “Aristocrat”; this version is a little less pretentious, but still suitably snooty. Graceful and elegant, but with a few amusing turns.

Both versions of this font contain the complete Latin 1252 and Central European 1250 character sets.

My Dear Watson NF

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My Dear Watson NF My Dear Watson NF

This simple, charming script is based on the handlettering of Carl Holmes, from Walter T. Foster art book entitled ABC of Lettering. Elementary!

Both versions of this font include the complete Latin 1252 and CE 1250 character sets, with localization for Romanian and Moldovan.

Duesenberg NF

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Duesenberg NF Duesenberg NF

The 1930s produced many distinctive and stylish autos. One was the Auburn, and this typeface was suggested by a period poster for the make. Another fine car of the time gives the font its name, because “it’s a Duesie!”

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

Nord Express NF

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Nord Express NF Nord Express NF

Power, speed and modern creature comforts characterized rail travel in the 1930s. To reflect those characteristics, legendary French poster artist A. M. Cassandre employed strong graphic elements and a chiaroscuro letter treatment to the 1939 poster lettering that inspired this font.

Mesa Verde NF

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Mesa Verde NF Mesa Verde NF

A travel poster from the 1940s for Mexican tourism provided the inspiration for this voluptuous font with a strong architectural feel. A few unexpected idiosynracies in the letterforms add to its charm.

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

Marrakesh Express NF

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Marrakesh Express NF Marrakesh Express NF

This unusual headline font is based on lettering found on a travel poster, advertising passage to Morocco on the Paris-Lyon-Méditerranée line, designer unknown, circa 1930.

Both versions of this font include the complete Unicode Latin 1252 and Central European 1250 character sets.

Spindletop NF™

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Spindletop NF™ Spindletop NF™

One in the series of fonts called Whiz-Bang Wood Type, intended to be set large and tight. Spindletop’s ultra-condensed letterforms allow a lot of information to be packed into little horizontal space. Named for a famous East Texas oil field that made a lot of people rich in the early part of the twentieth century.

Speedball No1 NF

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Speedball No1 NF Speedball No1 NF

Another charming handlettered gem based on the work of lettering artist Samuel Welo, from the 1927 edition of his Studio Handbook.

Foo Bar Inline NF™

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Foo Bar Inline NF™ Foo Bar Inline NF™

One of countless variations possible from the modular lettering system called “Super Veloz”, developed by Spanish type designer Joan Trouchut-Blanchard in the 1930s.

The name is a play on the old G.I. acronymn FUBAR, translated politely as “fouled up beyond all recognition”.

Robot Monster NF™

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Robot Monster NF™ Robot Monster NF™

A design experiment run amok!

To some, the upper case A of this font resembles a diving helmet. If you put same on a guy in a gorilla suit, you have the really cheesy 50s sci-fi movie that gives the font its name.

Millrich Olivian NF

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Millrich Olivian NF Millrich Olivian NF

Fat, wide and friendly—that describes this offering from the Miller and Richards foundy of Glasgow to a tee. Use it in good health. Both versions support the Latin 1252, Central European 1250, Turkish 1254 and Baltic 1257 codepages.

Bruce Belgina NF

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Bruce Belgina NF Bruce Belgina NF

Patented in 1867, this face adds peaks and shadows to the Egyptian form so popular at the time.

Scalar Biform NF

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Scalar Biform NF Scalar Biform NF

Here’s a trip back to the Disco Age, based on a font called Gemini Biform from Fotostar. Big, bold, brassy and sassy. Both versions support the Latin 1252, Central European 1250, Turkish 1254 and Baltic 1257 codepages.

Legnano

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Legnano Legnano

Here’s something you don't see every day—Italian Art Deco woodtype. It’s suave but unsophisicated, an unpretentious charmer. Both versions support the Latin 1252, Central European 1250, Turkish 1254 and Baltic 1257 codepages.

Boot Hill NF

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Boot Hill NF Boot Hill NF

Here’s an unusual take on the classic Tuscan face of the 1880s. The unusual finials lend a slightly spooky feel to the face, hence its current name. Both versions support the Latin 1252, Central European 1250, Turkish 1254 and Baltic 1257 codepages.

Harley Quinn NF

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Harley Quinn NF Harley Quinn NF

Coronation Street NF

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Coronation Street NF Coronation Street NF

Here’s an unusual take on a “modern” typeface, based on a 1936 release from England’s Stephenson, Blake foundry, which serves well for interesting headlines. Both versions of this font support the Latin 1252, Central European 1250, Turkish 1254 and Baltic 1257 codepages.

Madison Squared NF

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Madison Squared NF Madison Squared NF

Theater posters of the 1930s were often exuberant exercises in Art Deco lettering sensibilities, and the handiwork which inspired this typeface is no different. Big, bold and oddly elegant, this face is an excellent choice for enticing and commanding headlines. Both versions contain the complete Latin 1252, Central European 1250, Turkish 1254 and Baltic 1257 character sets, with several language-specific localizations.

Easy Eights NF

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Easy Eights NF Easy Eights NF

Here’s a faithful rendering of a typeface originally named Octic, from the 1884 specimen book of the Palmer & Rey Type Foundry of San Francisco. Its geometric severity is softened by the gently scalloped “bites” taken out of the corner. Sets tight to make attention-getting headlines. Both versions contain the complete Latin 1252, Central European 1250 and Turkish 1254 character sets.

Palmer Oxonian NF

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Palmer Oxonian NF Palmer Oxonian NF

The 1884 specimen book of San Francisco Palmer and Rey Type Foundry featured this elegant design under the name Oxford. The decorative caps, combined with the centered small caps, have a timeless appeal. Both versions of the font include complete Latin 1252, Central European 1250 and Turkish 1524 character sets, with localization for Moldovan, Romanian and Turkish.

Ege Schrift NF

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Ege Schrift NF Ege Schrift NF

Lend a little Jazz Age elegance to your next project with this tasty typeface, a faithful rendering of Eduard Ege’s eponymous Ege Schrift, released by the Genzsch and Heyse foundry of Hamburg in 1921. For best results at large sizes, choose the TrueType version, rendered at a full 2,048 UPM. Both versions include the complete Latin 1252, Central European 1250 and Turkish 1254 character sets, as well as localization for Moldovan and Romanian.

Blackbarry NF

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Blackbarry NF Blackbarry NF

Deutsch Black, designed by Barry Deutsch for VGC in 1966, provided the inspiration for this extrabold exercise in heavy ink coverage. A number of variants, in lowercase slots, were added to offer flexibility to your headline designs. Both versions include the complete Latin 1252, Central European 1250 and Turkish 1254 character sets, as well as localization for Moldovan and Romanian.

Arizona Airways NF

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Arizona Airways NF Arizona Airways NF

A 1947 timetable for—who’d a-thunk it?—Arizona Airways provided the pattern for this unusual, yet endearing, face. Its Art-Deco-meets-Apache vibe ensures that your headlines will be warmly received. Both versions include the complete Unicode Latin 1252, Central European 1250 and Turkish 1254 character sets, as well as localization for Lithuanian, Moldovan and Romanian.

Altamonte NF

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Altamonte NF Altamonte NF

Logotype lettering from 1896 for the Italian confection company Talmone provided the inspiration for this curvy, cuddly face.

Warm up your headlines today with this antique charmer. Both versions include the complete Unicode Latin 1252, Central European 1250 and Turkish 1254 character sets, as well as localization for Lithuanian, Moldovan and Romanian.

Fast Freddy NF

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Fast Freddy NF Fast Freddy NF

An uncredited typeface from Photo-Lettering Inc. named Palisade Graphic was the inspiration for this Art Deco fantasy. Bold and brash, it adds undeniable impact to period-themed headlines.

Both versions include the complete Latin 1252, Central European 1250 and Turkish 1254 character sets, with localization for Lithuanian, Moldovan and Romanian.

Katzenfatzen NF

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Katzenfatzen NF Katzenfatzen NF

Humpty Dumpling NF

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Humpty Dumpling NF Humpty Dumpling NF

This rollicking romp through the alphabet is based on an offering from the irrepressible M. Draim, seen in La Lettre dans le Décor & la Publicité Modernes, published by Monrocq Frères of Paris in 1932. Its animated and friendly demeanor will add personality to any headline it graces.

Kharon Ultra NF

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Kharon Ultra NF Kharon Ultra NF

A fine, fat Deco face named Ludlow Stygian provided the basis for this delightful typeface. Although generally formal in character, the font shows a hint of playfulness in the distinctive “humpback” h and n characters.

This font contains the complete Latin language character set (Unicode 1252) plus support for Central European (Unicode 1250) languages as well.

Mono Amono NF

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Mono Amono NF Mono Amono NF

Here’s a techno typeface with a difference. Its monoline stroke and sharp terminals are softened by rounded corners, and its perceptual monospaced widths have been subtly altered and strategically kerned to improve the visual flow.

This font contains the complete Latin language character set (Unicode 1252) plus support for Central European (Unicode 1250) languages as well.

My Little Eye NF

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My Little Eye NF My Little Eye NF

Here’s another experiment in minimalism, using just three basic shapes to fashion an alphabet.

Use it liberally when you want an air of intrigue, or to send secret messages.

This font contains the complete Latin language character set (Unicode 1252) plus support for Central European (Unicode 1250) languages as well.

Langoustine Rouge NF

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Langoustine Rouge NF Langoustine Rouge NF

A typeface named Sorbonne, unearthed by intrepid font-finder Dan X. Solo, provided the pattern for this quaint little charmer.

The exaggerated serifs make it stand out in a crowd, while still retaining an understated elegance.

Junebug Stomp NF

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Junebug Stomp NF Junebug Stomp NF

A circa-1925 poster for the chanteuse Arlette Montal, signed simply “Bouchard,” provided the inspiration for this roly-poly romp through the alphabet.

It takes its name from a popular East Texas summertime porch dance...or not.

Great Lakes Shadow NF

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Great Lakes Shadow NF Great Lakes Shadow NF

Handlettering on a 1930s travel poster for the Canadian Pacific Railway provided the pattern for this distinctive Deco typeface.

A strong dropshadow treatment has been added so you can create can't-miss headlines easily.

Skittles N Beer NF

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Skittles N Beer NF Skittles N Beer NF

Handlettering on a 1929 brochure for the P&O British-India Steamship Line inspired this tiddly typeface. Art Deco sensibilities combine with a playful attitude to yield a delightful and amusing headline font.

Keynote Speaker NF

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Keynote Speaker NF Keynote Speaker NF

This curious little gem is patterned after a typeface named “Bloomsbury”, released by P. M. Shanks & Sons, Ltd. of London in the 1920s.

Its gentle curves and somewhat quirky construction combine to create a warm and friendly, if slightly offbeat, antique charm.

Balder Dash NF

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Balder Dash NF Balder Dash NF

The distinguishing characteristics of this typeface were suggested by cover artwork for the May 1930 issue of Inland Printer: a combination of caps based on Breda Gotisch, released by H. Berthold AG in 1928, and a lowercase based on Goudy Text.

The result is a remarkably elegant and retro-stylish blackletter face.

Visillo Adornado NF

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Visillo Adornado NF Visillo Adornado NF

This unicase beauty is based on the typeface Vesta, originally designed by Albert Auspurg for H. Berthold AG, Berlin and introduced in 1926.

Classic, stylish and elegant, this typeface will add grace and charm to any project.

Munchkin Land NF

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Munchkin Land NF Munchkin Land NF

This typeface bears a superficial resemblance to Belwe Extrabold, but is based on a work called Thor, issued by Frederic Wesselhoeft Ltd of London in the 1930s.

Micro Manager NF

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Micro Manager NF Micro Manager NF

This font features a complete uppercase alphabet, including accented characters, as well as numbers and standard punctation. Lowercase characters are an assortment of useful dings and things.

To create very low-load GIFs, compose your type in Photoshop (or equivalent) at 8 point (or multiples thereof), with anti-aliasing turned off.

Round Rock NF

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Round Rock NF Round Rock NF

Woodtype wizard Rob Roy Kelly identified the inspiration for this typeface in his 100 Wood Type Alphabets simply as “No. 154”.

Funky, chunky, round and robust, it’s clearly a barrel of fun. Named after a small town in Central Texas, which just happens to be the home of Dell Computer.

Rutin Tutin NF

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Rutin Tutin NF Rutin Tutin NF

Schrifti Alphabeti, a delightful collection of Cyrillic typefaces for posters from the former Soviet Union, strikes again, this time with a way-out West (Vladivostok?) theme.

Extrabold, extra wide and delightfully different!

Jumbo Mumbo NF

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Jumbo Mumbo NF Jumbo Mumbo NF

This rather quirky typeface is based on a design by Collette and Dufour, originally called “Independant”, for the Maison Plantin foundry of Belgium.

Ultramodern (by 1930s standards, at least) and ultrabold, it takes up a lot of real estate, and commands a lot of attention while doing so.

ITC Scram Gravy™

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ITC Jeepers™

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