All fonts
Browse Fonts by category

Dan X. Solo

The Solotype Archive was begun in 1942 when I was 14. I was a kid printer for several years before that. At 16, after a quick three months of training, I dropped out of school and went to work full time as a radio actor and announcer in San Francisco. (Easy to get jobs in those days, due to the war-induced manpower shortage.) In 1949 and 1950, I created a magic show which played West Coast theatres with some success. After that, back to broadcasting.

By 1962, I was completely burned out on radio, so I decided to see if I could make a living with my collection of antique types, which numbered about a thousand fonts at that time. In 1962, I sent out 4,000 catalogs showing the type to ad agencies all over the U.S. The timing was perfect (no thanks to me) because there was developing at that time a renewed interest in the old types. Business took off immediately.

The Solotype collection was one of four commercial collections at the time, but I seemed to have been more aggressive in marketing than the other chaps. (Well, Morgan Press certainly knew how to market.)

Two years into the business, I began to collect alphabets on paper for conversion to photo lettering, which was just becoming mainstream in the type business. We closed the shop for a month every year and went on a type hunt, mostly in Europe where there didn’t seem to be much competition among collectors. Other typographers couldn’t understand how we could do this, but I believe it made people appreciate the resource we offered even more. Over the years, the collection became quite large. When I closed Solotype a couple of years ago, I got rid of about half the archive (because the fonts were dull, or already digitized, or for a variety of other reasons) leaving me with about 6,000 fonts on paper or film.

In 1974, I began to supply Dover Publications with mechanicals for books of 100 alphabets on a particular theme. I did 30 of these books over the years, and 30 more of printers’ ornaments, borders, and so forth. Sometime in the 1990s, Dover asked me to digitize books of 24 fonts each, to be sold with a disk in the back. I did 12 of these. The Dover relationship came to an end when Haywood Cirker, the owner and my special friend, died and the company was sold to another publisher. Dover felt that they had covered the type field thoroughly.

Now in my old age, my wife and I have a mindreading act that is great fun and good for the ego. Even so, when not traveling, I digitize type for relaxation and enjoyment, but have made no effort to sell it. Until now.

Personal details

  • From: United States of America
  • Died: 2012
  • What he does: Type Design
map pin

137 font families by Dan X. Solo

A
80
A
Sort by:

Albums

2 font styles from $19.95
It’s unquestionably one of Judy G. Schwartzkopf’s exotic missives.

Albums

1 font style from $19.95
Schwarzkopf vexed Iraq big-time in July.

Albums

1 font style from $19.95
Prized waxy jonquils choke big farm vats.

Albums

1 font style from $19.95
Brawny gods just flocked up to quiz and vex him.

Albums

1 font style from $19.95
Wham! Volcano erupts fiery liquid death onto ex-jazzbo Kenny G.

Albums

1 font style from $19.95
Verbatim reports were quickly given by Jim Fox to his amazed audience.

Albums

1 font style from $19.95
Sphinx of black quartz, judge my vow.

Albums

1 font style from $19.95
How vexing a fumble to drop a jolly zucchini in the quicksand.

Albums

1 font style from $19.95
How quickly daft jumping zebras vex.

Albums

1 font style from $19.95
William said that everything about his jacket was in quite good condition except for the zipper.

Albums

1 font style from $19.95
Jelly-like above the high wire, six quaking pachyderms kept the climax of the extravaganza in a dazzling state of flux.

Albums

1 font style from $19.95
Was there a quorum of able whizzkids gravely exciting the jaded fish at ATypI?

Albums

1 font style from $19.95
Putin backs away from Iraq zeal; Bush, vexed, jogs.

Albums

1 font style from $19.95
Five wine experts jokingly quizzed chablis sample.

Albums

1 font style from $19.95
Quick wafting zephyrs vex bold Jim.

Albums

1 font style from $19.95
Sex prof gives back no quiz with mild joy.

Albums

1 font style from $19.95
We have just quoted on nine dozen boxes of gray lamp wicks.

Albums

1 font style from $19.95
Brawny gods just flocked up to quiz and vex him.

Albums

1 font style from $19.95
The sex life of the woodchuck is a provocative question for most vertebrate zoology majors.

Albums

1 font style from $19.95
Six big devils from Japan quickly forgot how to waltz.

Albums

1 font style from $19.95
A good quick jab of a pen may vex Will Shortz.

Albums

2 font styles from $19.95
ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ

Albums

1 font style from $19.95
New job: fix Mr. Gluck’s hazy TV, PDQ.

Albums

1 font style from $19.95
Alfredo just must bring very exciting news to the plaza quickly.

Albums

1 font style from $19.95
West quickly gave Bert handsome prizes for six juicy plums.

Albums

1 font style from $19.95
Lawbooks forgave John Quincy Adams, sixth Prez.

Albums

1 font style from $19.95
The jukebox music puzzled a gentle visitor from a quaint valley town.

Albums

1 font style from $19.95
Queen Elizabeth’s proxy waved off Mick Jagger.

Albums

1 font style from $19.95
Quick jigs for waltz vex bad nymph.

Albums

1 font style from $19.95
New farmhand proves strong but lazy, picking just six quinces.

Albums

1 font style from $19.95
Jay visited back home and gazed upon a brown fox and quail.

Albums

1 font style from $19.95
Sympathizing would fix Quaker objectives.

Albums

1 font style from $19.95
Barkeep! A flaming tequila swizzle and a vodka and Ajax, hold the cherry.

Albums

1 font style from $19.95
A large fawn jumped quickly over white zinc boxes.

Albums

1 font style from $19.95
Lazy movers quit hard-packing of papier-mache jewelry boxes.

Albums

1 font style from $19.95
Six crazy kings vowed to abolish my quite pitiful jousts.

Albums

1 font style from $19.95
Seiji Ozawa quit, vexing rabid symphonic folk.

Albums

1 font style from $19.95
Jack amazed a few girls by dropping the antique onyx vase!

Albums

1 font style from $19.95
Turgid saxophones blew over Mick’s jazzy quiff.

Albums

1 font style from $19.95
Foxy but quick John Leguizamo ponders view.

Albums

1 font style from $19.95
Typophiles weave dreams of quoins, kerning and juggling complex beziers.

Albums

1 font style from $19.95
My grandfather picks up quartz and valuable onyx jewels.

Albums

1 font style from $19.95
Just keep examining every low bid quoted for zinc etchings.

Albums

1 font style from $19.95
Dumpy kibitzer jingles as exchequer overflows.

Albums

1 font style from $19.95
Queen Elizabeth’s proxy waved off Mick Jagger.

Albums

1 font style from $19.95
Putin backs away from Iraq zeal; Bush, vexed, jogs.

Albums

1 font style from $19.95
A large fawn jumped quickly over white zinc boxes.

Albums

1 font style from $19.95
A quick movement of the enemy will jeopardize six gunboats.

Albums

1 font style from $19.95
Jimmy and Zack, the police explained, were last seen diving into a field of buttered quahogs.

Albums

1 font style from $19.95
Six crazy kings vowed to abolish my quite pitiful jousts.