|In our imaginations we associate the colonial period with images of idealism, revolution and adventure. It was a time of great men and ideas and of rogues and villainy. Colonial history has been immortalized tales of pirates, highwaymen, heroes and great statesmen. It was also one of the most fertile periods in the development of type and printed arts. The publishing industry in the American Colonies was energetic and ambitious, publishing all sorts of books, maps and periodicals for a growing literate population.
Our new Colonial Fonts package draws on several of the most fertile areas of publishing in this era. Fonts like Platthand and John Speed are derived from the ornate, decorative lettering on maps from the 17th and 18th centuries by cartographers like Oretelius and John Speed. Carmilla, Allegheny, Queensland and Malagua are based on hand lettering from deeds, letters and other period documents. Guilford is based on samples of colonial lettering reproduced by historian and artist Eric Sloane. Buccaneer is based on hand poster lettering done by legendary artist Howard Pyle for his Book of Pirates. Boswell, Cochin Archaic, Octavian and Ruffian are based on book and newspaper print of the 18th century. The package also includes several special variant fonts, like the John Speed Ornamental font, Boswell Italic and the small caps version of Guilford.
This package was recently updated with the inclusion of several new fonts from the period. These include the Hesperides calligraphic font, the Caswallon printed script font, Caswallon Archaic Text, Caswallon Antique ornaments, our new Antique Border Ornaments font and the Bridgeport font based on another sample of colonial style lettering by Eric Sloane. We’ve also substantially revised several of the collection’s original fonts including Guilford and Allegheny.
As a special bonus for Thanksgiving we’ve also added the novelty font Turkey Day, which has a selection of colonial silhouettes and Thanksgiving related images accessible by simple keystrokes.
All the fonts are historically accurate and they are not available from any other source. They’re an excellent and comprehensive selection of print and lettering styles for any project which needs the look of the colonial era, from a revolutionary political document to a wanted poster for a pirate.
The package is available for Windows or the MacOS, and includes both TrueType and Postscript fonts. The total price is only $69 for all the fonts. You can order the collection for delivery on CD or for immediate download from our ONLINE STORE. You can also order any of the fonts individually by searching for them by name in our store.
|Lachesis was one of our earliest text font designs, a unique font deliberately designed to have an antique wood-cut look. It is based on samples of vintage type taken directly from letterpress type blocks found at the type museum in Barnard Maine, a great resource which closed a few years ago. Over the years Lachesis has gone through a lot of revisions and improvements and became one of our first Master Fonts with an expanded character set, foreign language characters and custom bold and italic versions.
This latest release of Lachesis has had a bit of fine tuning, but does not include many major changes. It’s just an excellent font if you want something which is fairly heavy and has an antique wood-cut look to it.
You can try the DEMO version of Lachesis for free. The demo has a limited character set. Or you can ORDER the full version for only $29 (including regular, bold and italic), and download it right away.
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Letterpress printing is one of the oldest and simplest forms of printing, using letters carved into wooden blocks or cut from a rubbery material and attached to the blocks and then printed as a whole page composed of multiple elements. Today it is used primarily for poster printing by presses like Hatch Show Prints which have preserved the old type and presses and continue to print the way they did a hundred or more years ago.
Stylistically, letterpress printing is characterized by the use of large, block type, simple printer’s ornaments and sometimes limited attention to making all of the characters match in exactly the same style. Substitution of letters from a vaguely similar font into a line of type by accident or intent is quite common. Because of the primitive printing methods and the age and wear on the type flaws like nicks and faded areas are also quite common, plus there are rarely sharp corners or small serifs as they tended to degrade or tear off. It’s also common to see Letterpress posters where the type has been set with virtually no white space, with the entire printing space filled with type or with solid blank spaces. Because the technology is old, a lot of the font styles are also antique looking, reminiscent of those found in our Wild West font collection.
Our new collection of letterpress fonts is based on type commonly used in letterpress printing, derived from old posters and in some cases directly from letterpress type blocks. It includes a variety of weights and styles and many of the fonts are brand new releases developed specifically for the package. In addition to several of the typical bold sans serif fonts like Caelian and Letterpress Gothic, it includes a couple of “circus” style fonts with Boomtown and Big Show, a couple of heavy weight serif fonts with Plymouth and Bastion, a couple of lighter weight fonts with Stampwork and Atkinson Egyptian and finally two more ornate fonts from the German tradition popular in the midwest at the turn of the last century with Plakat and Wolfram. It’s a nice variety of fonts and everything you need to make good letterpress-style designs like those we’ve features in our recent articles on Hatch Show Prints
All of our letterpress fonts are available individually – just click on the image shown here – or you can get the complete package with all the fonts for an introductory price of only $49. The package is available for Windows or Macintosh, including both TrueType and Postscript fonts. The special introductory price is only going to last only through the end of November. You can order our Letterpress Fonts collection online and dowload it immediately. Just CLICK HERE TO ORDER
Our Wild West font collection features 14 fonts based on designs from the classic days of the American West (1870-1890). They are typical of the type and lettering styles used in signs, circulars, posters and newspapers during that era. The selection includes both decorative, display and text fonts. All the fonts are historically accurate and they are not available from any other source. While they are basically fonts of the Victorian era, they represent a subset of the typefaces popular in that period particularly slanted to the environmnet of the wild west, frontier newspapers and wild west shows.
The package is available for Windows or the MacOS, and includes both TrueType and Postscript fonts. It’s available for only $59 for all the fonts. You can order our Wild West fonts directly for delivery on CD or online from 1-512-656-8011, or you can purchase the package online. Just CLICK HERE TO ORDER
Plowright is a new font based on hand lettering from the 1880s. It’s a great example of the style we often associate with signmaking in the old west, with a lot of quirks and original character. Plowright is the first of a family of related fonts, and is also part of our soon to be released Wild West Fonts package. Click here to download the working trial version of Plowright for either WINDOWS or MacOS. Or you can purchase this font online and get it quickly by email, including all the alternate and additional characters – BUY IT NOW