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Vintage Fonts: 35 Adverts From the Past

Before there was Typekit, before there was Fonts.com, DaFont or Google Fonts, designers had to share their typefaces the old-fashioned way—via print advertisements. In Print magazine’s 75 years of publishing, we’ve seen some great adverts, some funny, some dry and some, well, strange. We dug deep into the archives to find our favorite type-vertisements. Some you might recognize, others, not so much.

The 1950s


VintageFont_1958_JAN-FEB_6

1958


VintageFont_1958_MAY-JUN_3

1958



VintageFont_1958_MAY-JUN_4

1958



VintageFont_1958_MAY-JUN

1958



VintageFont_1958_NOV-DEC_2

1958



VintageFont_1958_NOV-DEC

1958



VintageFont_1958_SEPT-OCT_2

1958



VintageFont_1958_SEPT-OCT_5

1958


The 1960s


VintageFont_1960_JUL-AUG_2

1960



VintageFont_1960_MAR-APR_2

1960



VintageFont_1960_MAR-APR

1960



VintageFont_1961_JAN-FEB_2

1961



VintageFont_1961_JAN-FEB

1961



VintageFont_1961_NOV-DEC

1961



VintageFont_1961_SEPT-OCT

1961



VintageFont_1961Z-NOV-DEC

1961



VintageFont_1965_MAR-APR

1965



VintageFont_1965_MAR-APR_2

1965


The 1970s


VintageFont_1970_JUL-AUG

1970



VintageFont_1970_NOV-DEC

1970



VintageFont_1970_NOV-DEC_3

1970



VintageFont_1974_SEPT-OCT_2

1974



VintageFont_1974_SEPT-OCT

1974



VintageFont_1976_MAR-APR

1976



VintageFont_1978_JAN-FEB

1978


The 1980s


VintageFont_1980_JAN-FEB copy

1980



VintageFont_1980_NOV-DEC

1980



VintageFont_1980_SEPT-OCT

1980



VintageFont_1983_MAR-APR

1983



VintageFont_1983_MAY-JUN_2

1983



VintageFont_1983_MAY-JUN

1983


The 1990s


VintageFont_1990_MAY-JUN

1990



VintageFont_1992_NOV-DEC

1992



VintageFont_1993_JAN-FEB

1993



VintageFont_1996_MAR-APR

1996


The 2000s


VintageFont_2002

2002



VintageFont_2006_MAR-APR

2006


All too often, typeface designs, typographic designs and handlettering get overlooked in competitions—which is why Print developed a competition that gives the artforms their full due and recognizes the best designers in each category. Enter Print’s Typography & Lettering Awards today.


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