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  • Fonts used in world war 1 and 2?

    Hi can anyone tell me some professional fonts that were used in and around the time of world war one and two?

    Specifically used in the military - clothing, on aircraft etc?

    any help would be much appreciated.

  • #2
    Uh...while there was typesetting during the Wars, there were no computer fonts. Any poster work you see with display fonts were pretty much hand drawn for the piece, not something you type into a computer. Graphic artists had to have artistic skills back then.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by paulsanders20 View Post
      hi can anyone tell me some professional fonts that were used in and around the time of world war one and two?

      Specifically used in the military - clothing, on aircraft etc?

      Any help would be much appreciated.
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      • #4
        Maybe if you can post some examples of the type of thing you're looking for we can recommend fonts that are close.

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        • #5
          Maybe this will help.

          http://www.100types.com/100types.com.timeline.html

          Just saw Cheltenham in there, I love that font.

          "May your hats fly as high as your dreams"Michael Scott

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          • #6
            Originally posted by eugenetyson View Post
            Maybe this will help.

            http://www.100types.com/100types.com.timeline.html

            Just saw Cheltenham in there, I love that font.
            Really cool find. Thanks!

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            • #7
              In terms of sans serif, you are looking at Berthold Akzidenz Grotesk or Franklin Gothic, something along those lines. In terms of serifs, Times New Roman was not designed until 1931 so that would be appropriate for WWII but not I. Back then in England they would have used a Scotch Roman for books and newspaper typography. I suspect the same is true in America.

              You might want to search American Type Founders or Monotype, these were large corporations supplying type to printers and later Linotype machines, etc…

              For designers you could search Morris Fuller Benton or Bruce Rogers, they were extremely prolific and influential in 20th Century type design.

              pbc

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