Fonts of the 'beat' generation

Kilgore Trout 23's picture

Dear All

I'm looking for suggestions for fonts that give the feeling of the 'beat generation' please. In an ideal world they'd be US fonts circa 1948-55 but the date isn't an essential feature~ far more important is the 'beat' feel of the font!

I'm throwing this one open to you folks- any and all feedback very gratefully received!

Many thanks


oldnick's picture

Based on a Ben Shahn poster from much earlier, but very much Endsville…

Even the name is beat, Daddy-o…

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad world…

HVB's picture

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Kilgore Trout 23's picture

Some great suggestions there...thank you both!

Karl Stange's picture

The City Lights publication of Howl in 1955 uses Albertus and is one of the most distinctive and recognisable publications of the beat era.

JamesM's picture

Incidentally a modified version of Albertus was extensively used in the 1960s cult British series "The Prisoner".

Kilgore Trout 23's picture

Thanks Karl and James! Great stuff- Albertus is definitely one to consider. Really appreciate your input.

Must rewatch the prisoner too!

JamesM's picture

Your local library probably has it. It's also at Amazon, or download it from iTunes ( Make sure you get the 1960s version (usually called the "classic" version), not the 2009 remake.

oldnick's picture

Jeez, I can’t believe that I forgot this one…

.00's picture

The Blue Note Records Book. A great typographic reference for the time period.

Lots of Trade Gothic and Century Expanded among others.

Kilgore Trout 23's picture

JamesM- could only be the version starring Patrick McGoohan! Am in my 40's so caught the reruns in the UK in the 80's. A classic series- thanks for taking the time to put the iTunes link ;)

OldNick- now that's a new one on me- I like it! Would be great in a poster format...

.00 - top suggestion. The beat and jazz do indeed go hand in hand. Some beautiful typefaces on those records. I'll get on it...

So many great ideas...I love this forum. Thanks one and all

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