Most Attractive Old-Style Year

Ehague's picture

This is a continuation of some of the ideas put forth on this thread.

What year do you think sets most attractively in old-style numerals? For whatever reasons, I'm partial to 1914.

John Hudson's picture

By century...












I really like combinations of 5 and 6 in oldystle numerals.

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William Berkson's picture

I noticed in looking at inscriptions in New York on buildings that pre WWII a lot of dates on buildings used the descending 9, but the others without ascent or descent. The makers obviously felt free to do whatever would look good.

Gary Long's picture

5. This is going back a while, of course, before my time. I think 5 is the most elegant old style numeral, if done well.

Thomas Phinney's picture

I like years that have both ascenders and descenders in them. The 1980s and 1990s were good for that, although I didn't like the repeating "9" so much in the 90s. Unfortunately, the last such date was 1998, and we won't get another one until 2036. I hope to still be around for that one. :)



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Si_Daniels's picture

Tiffany, nice pick.

Stephen Coles's picture

Thomas is right. It's going to be a long, dull ride in the 2000s for oldstyle figs.

Bert Vanderveen's picture

I am SOOO happy that we are in the 2000's now. Seeing all these 1xxx's compromised by terrible kerning of the '1' made me sick to the stomach. So here's my list of favorites:
200 — 999 AD (exclude the one's with a 1)
2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008

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Bert Vanderveen BNO

John Hudson's picture

Thomas: Unfortunately, the last such date was 1998, and we won’t get another one until 2036

Unless you use those funky French numerals, in which case a mix of ascending and descending numerals will not arrive until 2043.

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