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Silent Movies

A collection of slightly ornate, slightly quirky serif typefaces that capture the nostalgia of intertitles in silent films.

Noah Nazir
Last edited September 24, 2017
Simulated meat floss biscuits

The Handel Gothic™ typeface has been a mainstay of graphic communication for over 40 years - all the while looking as current as tomorrow. Designed by Don Handel in the mid-1960s, and used in the 1973 United Airlines logo developed by Saul Bass, Handel Gothic was an instant success when released to the graphic design community. Its generous lowercase x-height, full-bodied counters and square... Read More

Whatever you are, be a good one

Edwardian font was designed by Colin Brignall, a free-flowing roman face with hints of the early Edwardian period. Edwardian exudes warmth, individuality and charm.

No occupation while stabilizing

Handle Oldstyle is an all-capitals and small capitals typeface from the Engravers collection. The Handle Oldstyle font is appropriate for headings and personal and business letterheads.

Please do not sit on crocodile

ITC Photoplay is another gem from Nick Curtis. Unearthed from the 1927 edition of Samuel Welo's Studio Handbook for Artists and Advertisers, the design's original suggested use was for title and caption cards for silent movies. A monoweight design that bridges the gap between turn-of-the-century decorative type and Art Deco, ITC Photoplay is both casual and stylish. And, yes, the cap "S" is... Read More

Life is too short to follow the rules

Designer Nick Curtis found the inspiration for this typeface on a 1920s poster for a German bookseller, by Berlin poster artist Paul Scheurich. ITC Jeepers retains the spontaneity and playfulness of Scheurich¿s original lettering and adds a few surprises of its own, one being the somewhat exclamatory ear on the lowercase `g.¿ It was, in fact, the excited look of this particular character that... Read More

The grass is smiling at you

In the 1920s the Viennese government decided to standardize the street signs across the city. A typeface was especially constructed for the purpose. It was available in a Heavy and a Bold Condensed version, to support short street names as well as longer ones. As the years went by, the typeface was adopted and redrawn by several enamel factories. These adaptations lead to variations on the... Read More

Blaze up the custom made of going

Tony Geddes designed Musketeer in 1968. The Musketeer font family is based on Art Nouveau lettering and as such is ideal for posters and signs.

Even fools are right sometimes

Cantoria was designed by Ron Carpenter in 1986. It is a serif font with characteristics of stone cut letters. Distinguished by its open forms and large capitals and available in 10 weights, Cantoria offers a wide range of possible applications.

Donald Handel, Nadine Chahine and Rod McDonald
ITC 2010
Hal Taylor
Bitstream 2002
Colin Brignall
Linotype 1983
Monotype.Design Studio
Nick Curtis
Nick Curtis
Bitstream 2001
Nick Curtis
ITC 2002

Stephenson Blake
Elsner+Flake 1903
Tony Geddes
Thomas Maitland Cleland
Bitstream 1902
Ron Carpenter
Monotype 1986