VGC (Visual Graphics Corp.) font list

rjschex's picture

I'm looking for a list of fonts (mainly from 60's to the 70's) created by VGC (Visual Graphics Corporation, makers of the Typositor)

Include only fonts created by VGC. DO NOT include those marketed by VGC, but originated by other foundries (such as ITC or ATF). (Unless, it is a special version--such as shaded--peculiar to VGC.)

(VGC's most famous font, I'd say, has to be the original 1965 version of Friz Quadrata.)

If possible, I'd also like to know the designer and/or year of release.

Grant Hutchinson's picture

Ron, here is a list of VGC issued designs that I have used for years. It is part of Tim Ryan's Typeface NameBase project that he compiled during the early 90s. I have only provided the typeface names here, but you grab a tab-delimited text file from my server which also includes the designer and year of release for each face. I cannot vouch for 100% accuracy, but it's the best I've got.

I hope this helps.

http://www.splorp.com/splorp/junk/vgc.txt

Aase
Accant
Akenaton
Amelia
Andrich Minerva
Andromeda
Angular
Antikva Margaret
Aquarius
Arpad
Arrow
Baker Argentina No 1
Baker Danmark One
Baker Signet
Barry
Basilea
Beads
Bisque
Bloc
Book Jacket
Bubble
Burgondy Right
Burmese Black
Cactus Bold
Cartier
China
Collins Bicentennial Open
Cornball
Corvina Black
Davida
Dingaling
DoublePipe
Egyptian 505
Elektrik
Friz Quadrata
Frozen Alaska
Global
Glyphic Series
Guts
Hairpin
Harry
Ivy League
Jay Gothic
Led16
Maximus
Modula
Moore Computer
Neil Bold
Nevison Casual Script
Orbit B
Organda
Paper Clip
Pointille
Relief
Roslyn Gothic
Round Black
Russell Square
Scotford Uncial
Serpentine
Shotgun
Sol
Stan Free
Stark Debonair
TH Alphabet Soup
Thor
Threshold
Too Much
Trooper Roman
Vineta
Vivaldi
Wexford
Woodstock
York

rjschex's picture

Other VGC fonts I know of:

Jana (1965)

Lee (late 60's/early 70's)
---most familiar as the font used in the VHS logo. Lee Bold was used as the titling font on the TV series "Charlie's Angels".

Rodin (circa 1974)

rjschex's picture

I've just spotted an error:

The online text file lists an incorrect date of 1976 for the "Trooper Roman" font. I have a typeface book with a *1974* copyright that includes Trooper Roman.

peter_bain's picture

No one's mentioned Pistilli Roman, either. My suggestion is it's worth the effort to get your hands on actual VGC catalogs or promotion material, if you're aiming for a definitive list.

Grant Hutchinson's picture

Like I said before, I never promised a definitive listing. And I concur with Peter that obtaining a VGC catalog or two might shed a better light when trying to find the stragglers. However, I have several VGC books and no single one of them lists the typeface, release date and designer as comprehensively as the Typeface NameBase listing I provided.

I'm afraid that this stuff is scattered hither and yon.

peter_bain's picture

Very true, Grant. Plus, one catalog lists "VGC Award Winning Alphabets", "VGC Original Designer Alphabets", and "VGC Original Alphabets". Unfortunately the distinction between exclusive-to-VGC and licensed-to-VGC typefaces is nowhere explained clearly in their material.

rjschex's picture

Looking for anything from VGC on eBay might be a little tricky. On eBay, the abbreviation "VGC" is usually used to mean "very good condition".

peter_bain's picture

Your best bets are university or research libraries, and used booksellers, both online and in person. Look for "Alphabet Library" by Visual Graphics Corporation, or VGC Corp. Latest edition I've seen is the 15th, copyright 1990. Hope this helps.

philippedada's picture

Here are VGC Awards from 1965 & 1966

there are some fixes to the longer list you have in year and fuller designer names

1965 National Type Face Design Competition
First Prize
Basilea

Mark Simonson's picture

Seeing Phillippe's list reminded me of an article in the December 1972 issue of Industrial Arts Methods I have in my possession which has an article about VGC. It list some of their exclusive designs with short profiles of their designers. Presumably, these were the most recent releases as of 1972, but it doesn't say. Some of these have already been mentioned, but here is the list and their designers:

Soul (Light, Medium, Bold, Open) - Jerry Matejka
Governale Tempo (Plain, Open, Open & Shade) - Sandi Governale
Aquarius (2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, Outline) - Ronald Arnholm
Lee (Regular, Bold, Italic) - Leo Weisz
Pr

philippedada's picture

in keeping

Mark Simonson's picture

Stan Control, Stan Compromise, Stan Conform

Ignacio's picture

[ Funny too, just the last month I was playing around a little with the Eightball for something that finally didn't work, but thought was a cool one, couldn't find it as digital though. ]

hangedup's picture

Bump the thread. In Ebay, there is an auction of a VGC catalogue. here

peter_bain's picture

Mark mentioned, & I'd like to add:

Karolys (Romain, Italique) - not sure if this was exclusive
- says VGC exclusive in my promo sheet, by Alain Simon, no date help here

L&C Hairline - Herb Lubalin and Tom Carnase (but never part of the ITC library)
-this was pre-Avant Garde, at least around c.1966.

Sintex 1
- Aldo Novarese, but y'all knew that

Other rare creatures of film:
Rotalic, 2 wts. w/swash (Ursula Seuss/exclusive)
Fovea, various wts. (Ronald Arnholm?)
Eastern Souvenir, 3 wts. (Martin Solomon, post-ATF, pre-ITC)
Rodin & its worse Cold War-era spinoff Rodin Cyrillic

Grant Hutchinson's picture

> Bump the thread. In Ebay, there is an auction of a VGC catalogue.

Dang. Shipping to United States only.

Bah.

philippedada's picture

thank you Mark for putting Stanley Davis series (listed as about 1975) back to 1973

Eightball was digitized by FontBank as Egbert

I didn't mention that at TGC when I worked there the day foreman was Jay Schechter (

Ignacio's picture

Eightball was digitized by FontBank as Egbert

Thanks for the clue Phillipe (missing the cool alternates for the lowercase though).

In a letraset catalog Flyer Bold and Flyer Bold Condensed are shown as VGC's too.

philippedada's picture

Both of the VGC Flyers were lifted from Filmotype (C-4 & C-2). Later they were

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