Vintage Sans Typefaces?

di_ggler's picture

Do you know of any good vintage sans-serif typefaces?
Like something you'd see on packaging from the early to mid 20th century.

Davex's picture

Letterhead fonts has a few cool ones...Chesham for one..

di_ggler's picture

Awesome, thanks so much.
If anyone else has suggestions, I'd love to hear more.

David Rault's picture

Franklin Gothic
Akzidenz Grotesk

This being said, there was not much "packaging" at this time.


blank's picture

Johnston’s and Gill’s faces wouldn’t have been on packaging in the earlier half of the twentieth century, at least not in the US. And the current versions of Akizidenz are dramatically different from what was in use before Lange started changing the design in the 1950s. Franklin is ok, as are most of the old ATF sans faces, such as Alt Gothic, Inland Gothic, Blair, etc.

Stephen Coles's picture

The reason I suggest Richmond is that a lot of packaging was hand lettered up to the 1970s, and Richmond has a hand rendered feel.

David Rault's picture

James: "the current versions of Akzidenz are dramatically different from what was in use before Lange started changing the design in the 1950s"

Here is a comparison between the early Accidenz Grotesk (pre 1950) and the digital Berthold Akzidenz Grotesk, available today. "dramatically different"... Mmmh... Really?


Nick Shinn's picture

There were dramatic differences in letterforms between different sizes of AG, in the normal weight, that Lange evened out.
In general, he made AG look more like the new Haas face which would be subsequently named Helvetica.
Which is ironic (or merely incestuous), as Helvetica was a modification of AG.

David Rault's picture

'Helvetica was a modification of AG' : I do not think so, actually, I think it draws "inspiration" from other typefaces from the same era, but whatever.

btw nick, your book arrived. I couldnt put my hands on it yet (i'll be in france in 2 weeks), but thank you very much. i'm impatient.

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