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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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  • Location:
    Filmotype
    Eau Claire, Wisconsin
    United States of America
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Typophiles weave dreams of quoins, kerning and juggling complex beziers.
Filmotype Jupiter™ Filmotype Jupiter™

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Many big jackdaws quickly zipped over the fox pen.
Filmotype Lakeside Filmotype Lakeside

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Whacky pangram quiz flummoxed Steve Jobs.
Filmotype Fashion™ Filmotype Fashion™

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

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Sphinx of black quartz, judge my vow.
Filmotype Horizon™ Filmotype Horizon™

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West quickly gave Bert handsome prizes for six juicy plums.
Filmotype Honey™ Filmotype Honey™

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

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

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

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

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

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Five wine experts jokingly quizzed chablis sample.
Filmotype Candy™ Filmotype Candy™

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Putin backs away from Iraq zeal; Bush, vexed, jogs.
Filmotype Melody™ Filmotype Melody™

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

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

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The quick brown fox jumps over a lazy dog.
Filmotype Major™ Filmotype Major™

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Freight to me sixty dozen quart jars and twelve black pans.
Filmotype Maxwell Filmotype Maxwell
Filmotype Maxwell Filmotype Maxwell
Filmotype Maxwell Filmotype Maxwell
Filmotype Maxwell Filmotype Maxwell
Filmotype Maxwell Filmotype Maxwell

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It’s unquestionably one of Judy G. Schwartzkopf’s exotic missives.
Filmotype Giant Filmotype Giant

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

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

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ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
Filmotype Gem™ Filmotype Gem™

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

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

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Brawny gods just flocked up to quiz and vex him.
Filmotype Liberty™ Filmotype Liberty™

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Watch “Jeopardy!” Alex Trebek’s fun TV quiz game.
Filmotype Harvard™ Filmotype Harvard™

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William said that everything about his jacket was in quite good condition except for the zipper.
Filmotype Orlando Filmotype Orlando

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

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Lawbooks forgave John Quincy Adams, sixth Prez.
Filmotype Kellog Filmotype Kellog

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Then a cop quizzed Mick Jagger’s ex-wives briefly.
Filmotype Modern™ Filmotype Modern™

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

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The five boxing wizards jump quickly.
Filmotype Hickory Filmotype Hickory

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A quick movement of the enemy will jeopardize six gunboats.
Filmotype Homer™ Filmotype Homer™

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Watch all five questions asked by experts amaze the judge.
Filmotype Lucky™ Filmotype Lucky™

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Will Major Douglas be expected to take this true-false quiz very soon?
Filmotype Hudson Filmotype Hudson

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A large fawn jumped quickly over white zinc boxes.
Filmotype York™ Filmotype York™

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Was there a quorum of able whizzkids gravely exciting the jaded fish at ATypI?
Filmotype Ginger™ Filmotype Ginger™

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

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King Alexander was just partly overcome after quizzing Diogenes in his tub.
Filmotype Ford Filmotype Ford

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Just keep examining every low bid quoted for zinc etchings.
Filmotype Panama™ Filmotype Panama™

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The job of waxing linoleum frequently peeves chintzy kids.
Filmotype Western Filmotype Western
Filmotype Western Filmotype Western
Filmotype Western Filmotype Western

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Fabled reader with jaded, roving eye seized by quickened impulse to expand budget.
Filmotype Gay™ Filmotype Gay™

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Five wine experts jokingly quizzed chablis sample.
Filmotype Alice™ Filmotype Alice™

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Wham! Volcano erupts fiery liquid death onto ex-jazzbo Kenny G.
Filmotype Parade Filmotype Parade
Filmotype Parade Filmotype Parade
Filmotype Parade Filmotype Parade

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Wavy Jake’s fat zebra had Mexican pig liquor.
Filmotype Havana™ Filmotype Havana™

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The five boxing wizards jump quickly.
Filmotype Wand Filmotype Wand
Filmotype Wand Filmotype Wand
Filmotype Wand Filmotype Wand

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

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

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Putin backs away from Iraq zeal; Bush, vexed, jogs.
Filmotype Yukon™ Filmotype Yukon™

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

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Lawbooks forgave John Quincy Adams, sixth Prez.
Filmotype Vanity™ Filmotype Vanity™