The Colonial Fonts Collection


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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.

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43 comments on “The Colonial Fonts Collection

  1. Kathy

    Is there an upgrade price available for the Colonial Fonts Collection, for those of us who bought the original?

  2. Mike

    Will these fonts work on Windows 7???

  3. Mike

    Will these work on Windows 7??

  4. Dave

    The fonts will indeed work on Windows. The package includes Windows fonts as well s Mac fonts.

    And Kathy, there is an upgrade available. Just search colonial upgrade in the product search window.

  5. Brian Dalton

    Folks. Awhile ago I bought your CD of fonts and installed it on my computer that had XP on it. Now I have a new computer with Windows 7 and there appears to be no way to load the fonts back onto my new computer. None of the instructions you have seem to apply to Windows 7. For example, there is no “File” menu that you mention as being the opening screen to click on. I am lost. Will you help me? If so, I will need very specific steps to load the fonts from the CD as I am not a “computer person.”


    Brian Dalton
    Dallas, Oregon

  6. Was considering purchasing the Colonial and Map Makers Fonts pkg’s but saw some disgruntled customer remarks in your “Add New Comment” column.  I likewise, am not a computer person.  If I purchase these, is there a chance that I will run into trouble getting them loaded onto my computer. Please be frank! 

  7. Dave

    Michael, some people don’t seem to be able to email or call when they have problems.  That gets fast solutions.  This isn’t bad place for questions like yours, however.

    Installing fonts is very easy, even under Windows.  In most cases in Windows or on a Mac with a relatively new computer just clicking on the font should start the installation process.  And then it’s just a matter of confirming the installation.  In the 1% of cases where that doesn’t work we include detailed instructions on installation and you can always call or email for help.


  8. Charles

    Do any of the fonts have the tall s that resembles an “f ” this would be particularly nice in a more script form? It has that much more authenticity with the tall s.

  9. Dave

    Yes. Pretty much all of them do.

  10. Julie

    Where do I purchase this font? How much does the package cost?


  11. Dave

    Follow the link to online ordering to get the full package. If you just want a single font search in the products search window for the name of the font.

  12. Jane Higgins

    A client is interested in the font Allegheny. Would this font be compatible with Adobe programs, specifically Adobe InDesign? Thank you.

  13. Dave

    Absolutely. Should be no problem with any of our fonts.


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