1940s Art Deco display type

chank's picture

Has anybody ever seen a modern font version of this old postery art deco alphabet?

It's in a couple type specimen books from the 40s, and I'm wondering if anybody's made a font out of it yet?

-chank

bowfinpw's picture

For what it's worth it doesn't look familiar to me at all. I searched Deco and Stencil fonts and didn't see anything particularly close. Someone like Nick Curtis (Oldnick), who has done a lot of Deco fonts, may know.

- Mike Yanega

eliason's picture

I don't recall seeing that. What is that book in the photo?
Love the /A/V/W/X/. (Some other letters not so much...)

chank's picture

Yeah, there's a good idea here, but it doesn't look like the execution was so great. So I'm thinking about making a font that looks like this, but is better. But wanted to make sure nobody else had already done it. It's a neat type style.

The book is the Hunt Bros "Lettering of Today" from the 40s. But I know this alphabet was in at least one other lettering book, too.

nina's picture

Jeanne Moderno's "Geometrique" style is headed in a similar direction in some characters (note the "M" for instance), but others are clearly different.

oldnick's picture

I have mined a lot of the Hunt Brothers' work, but not this one. And, Chank, it wasn't uncommon for lettering chapbooks of the day to "borrow" from other similar works: E.C. Matthews did it extensively...

chank's picture

Okay, well it's turning into a font now. Almost finished actually. Just need to come up with a new name for it. Here's a sneak preview http://flic.kr/p/8sZSFd and here http://flic.kr/p/8sWQvt

riccard0's picture

Lovely!

VertigoMindwarp's picture

Very nice!

chank's picture

hey, thanks riccard0! I was just about to say the same thing!

It's out!
https://www.chank.com/shop/detail/1/all_products/88/decopolitan/

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