1919 style lettering? Help!

dinazina's picture

My community club is celebrating its 90th anniversary. I said I would make banquet table cards in a 1919 style of lettering. I volunteered cause I knew if someone else did it, we'd end up with Comic Sans and it would irritate me all evening.

What would a suitable 1919 font be? I thought of Belwe, Bolton, Bernhard Modern, or Windsor. Am I right?

I also thought of a Rennie MacIntosh style, but the members might not recognize that at all.

It has to be very legible cause the lights may be dimmed, and some of the old-timers are past 80, so their eyes aren't what they used to be.

THANKS in advance!

CreativeNRG's picture

Here is a link to 132 typefaces that came up after searching MyFonts for 1910s.


dinazina's picture

NRG, That's helpful, but it's so many. Could anyone narrow it down for me with an educated opinion? What would you use?

riccard0's picture

I also thought of a Rennie MacIntosh stylez

What about Hill House?

JuliusFernie's picture

Try Bembo, its historically accurate (a revival designed in 1929) but I think it will have a nice period feel and will be closer to 1919 than comic sans...

dinazina's picture

Thanks, I love the Hill House. But most of the people at this event would likely have no idea it's a famous early 20th century style - they might see it as a bizarre science fiction sort of thing.

I'd like to use something anyone would recognize as quaint American type. Maybe Saturday Morning Toast by Nick, which he says is based on the old Saturday Evening Post logo. But that is more 20s.

JuliusFernie's picture

sorry, i meant inaccurate of course

Mark Simonson's picture

Here are some fonts popular c. 1919:

Cheltenham (NOT the ITC version, though)
Caslon Old Face
Bookman (NOT the ITC version or the Bookman Old Style that Microsoft bundles)
Pabst Oldstyle
Post Oldstyle
DeVinne ( Romana Bold is similar)
Della Robbia
Goudy Oldstyle

dinazina's picture

Geeza and Mark S,
Oh thank you! I already have Artcraft and I never get to use it. That would look very nice.

E.Jacobson's picture

Mark is on I think.

Is ITC other than Franklin Gothic ever an option? Not like I could do a whole lot better, but damn they ugly. :)

Mark Simonson's picture

It depends on the look you are after. But if you want to be true to the period (unless it's '70s or '80s), steer clear of the ITC revivals.

dinazina's picture

Thanks to all.

I do want to suggest the period, but it's ephemera - I'm not too worried about authenticity. The guests (who are not designers) will notice "It looks quaint" or reminds them of materials they've seen from the WWI era - they'll like it.

Now if we were doing the 1940s, yeah, they might actually be familiar with that era.

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