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Filmotype

Originally sold in the 1950s, the Filmotype introduced by its founders Allan and Beatrice Friedman was a simple manually operated photo typesetting machine (the iMac of the 1950s) and it used 2-inch filmstrips with over 500 amazing display alphabets so the user could set headlines on photo paper or film. Filmotype eventually went on to become Alphatype until the Mac came along in 1984 and POOF! No more photo typesetting!

In 2006, the Font Diner acquired this amazing photo film alphabet collection and continues to digitize and releasing these wonderful gems of 1950s lettering as digital fonts!

To learn more about the history of this amazing company, a companion book was written and released in 2009. It’s called Filmotype: By the Letter - An Illustrated History and at over 130 pages, this book will be sure to become a cherished keepsake in your design bookshelf and can be purchased at (http://www.fontbros.com/merchandise.php).

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May Jo equals the fine record by solving six puzzles a week.
Filmotype Jupiter™ Filmotype Jupiter™

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Hark! Toxic jungle water vipers quietly drop on zebras for meals!
Filmotype Lakeside Filmotype Lakeside

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Two hardy boxing kangaroos jet from Sydney to Zanzibar on quicksilver pinions.
Filmotype Fashion™ Filmotype Fashion™

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Forsaking monastic tradition, twelve jovial friars gave up their vocation for a questionable existence on the flying trapeze.
Filmotype Melon™ Filmotype Melon™

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Cozy lummox gives smart squid who asks for job pen.
Filmotype Horizon™ Filmotype Horizon™

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A mad boxer shot a quick, gloved jab to the jaw of his dizzy opponent.
Filmotype Honey™ Filmotype Honey™

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Blowzy red vixens fight for a quick jump.
Filmotype Glenlake™ Filmotype Glenlake™

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Mix Zapf with Veljovic and get quirky beziers.
Filmotype Leader™ Filmotype Leader™

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Typophiles weave dreams of quoins, kerning and juggling complex beziers.
Filmotype Quartz Filmotype Quartz

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Many-wived Jack laughs at probes of sex quiz.
Filmotype LaCrosse™ Filmotype LaCrosse™

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A good quick jab of a pen may vex Will Shortz.
Filmotype Yale™ Filmotype Yale™

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Fred specialized in the job of making very quaint wax toys.
Filmotype Candy™ Filmotype Candy™

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About sixty codfish eggs will make a quarter pound of very fizzy jelly.
Filmotype Melody™ Filmotype Melody™

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My help squeezed back in again and joined the weavers after six.
Filmotype Brooklyn™ Filmotype Brooklyn™

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Suez sailor vomits jauntily abaft while waxing parquet decks.
Filmotype LaSalle™ Filmotype LaSalle™

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Many-wived Jack laughs at probes of sex quiz.
Filmotype Major™ Filmotype Major™

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Gen. Schwarzkopf’s job quietly vexed him.
Filmotype Maxwell Filmotype Maxwell
Filmotype Maxwell Filmotype Maxwell
Filmotype Maxwell Filmotype Maxwell
Filmotype Maxwell Filmotype Maxwell
Filmotype Maxwell Filmotype Maxwell

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Jimmy and Zack, the police explained, were last seen diving into a field of buttered quahogs.
Filmotype Giant Filmotype Giant

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Would you please examine both sizes of jade figures very quickly.
Filmotype Keynote™ Filmotype Keynote™

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Quick wafting zephyrs vex bold Jim.
Filmotype Kingston™ Filmotype Kingston™

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ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
Filmotype Gem™ Filmotype Gem™

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About sixty codfish eggs will make a quarter pound of very fizzy jelly.
Filmotype Power™ Filmotype Power™

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Jimmy and Zack, the police explained, were last seen diving into a field of buttered quahogs.
Filmotype Jessy™ Filmotype Jessy™

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Quickly Shortz dreams up a few vexing jumbles.
Filmotype Liberty™ Filmotype Liberty™

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The job of waxing linoleum frequently peeves chintzy kids.
Filmotype Harvard™ Filmotype Harvard™

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Fred specialized in the job of making very quaint wax toys.
Filmotype Orlando Filmotype Orlando

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Now is the time for all quick brown dogs to jump over the lazy lynx.
Filmotype Athens™ Filmotype Athens™

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Dumpy kibitzer jingles as exchequer overflows.
Filmotype Kellog Filmotype Kellog

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The sex life of the woodchuck is a provocative question for most vertebrate zoology majors.
Filmotype Modern™ Filmotype Modern™

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Fax back Jim’s Gwyneth Paltrow video quiz.
Filmotype Zeal™ Filmotype Zeal™

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Filmotype Hickory Filmotype Hickory

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Quick jigs for waltz vex bad nymph.
Filmotype Homer™ Filmotype Homer™

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Packing five dozen waxy liquor jugs? Must be a typophile.
Filmotype Lucky™ Filmotype Lucky™

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Sexy diva Jennifer Lopez wasn’t baking me quiche.
Filmotype Hudson Filmotype Hudson

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Astronaut Quincy B. Zack defies gravity with six jet fuel pumps.
Filmotype York™ Filmotype York™

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Crazy Fredericka bought many very exquisite opal jewels.
Filmotype Ginger™ Filmotype Ginger™

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Playing jazz vibe chords quickly excites my wife.
Filmotype Hemlock™ Filmotype Hemlock™

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Sixty zippers were quickly picked from the woven jute bag.
Filmotype Ford Filmotype Ford

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My expensive quartz watch once belonged to JFK.
Filmotype Panama™ Filmotype Panama™

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Five wine experts jokingly quizzed chablis sample.
Filmotype Western Filmotype Western
Filmotype Western Filmotype Western
Filmotype Western Filmotype Western

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Just work for improved basic techniques to maximize your typing skill.
Filmotype Gay™ Filmotype Gay™

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A very bad quack might jinx zippy fowls.
Filmotype Alice™ Filmotype Alice™

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Mix Zapf with Veljovic and get quirky Beziers.
Filmotype Parade Filmotype Parade
Filmotype Parade Filmotype Parade
Filmotype Parade Filmotype Parade

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Sixty zippers were quickly picked from the woven jute bag.
Filmotype Havana™ Filmotype Havana™

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We promptly judged antique ivory buckles for the next prize.
Filmotype Wand Filmotype Wand
Filmotype Wand Filmotype Wand
Filmotype Wand Filmotype Wand

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The big plump jowls of zany Dick Nixon quiver.
Filmotype Atlas™ Filmotype Atlas™

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Prized waxy jonquils choke big farm vats.
Filmotype Ace™ Filmotype Ace™

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The job of waxing linoleum frequently peeves chintzy kids.
Filmotype Yukon™ Filmotype Yukon™

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Jim just quit and packed extra heavy bags for Liz Owen.
Filmotype Nemo Filmotype Nemo

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A very bad quack might jinx zippy fowls.
Filmotype Vanity™ Filmotype Vanity™