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Circus Alphabets (Lettering, Calligraphy, Typography) Paperback – 17 Sep 1990
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For this impressive collection, typographer and print historian Dan X. Solo has selected 100 fonts, many of which are reminiscent of the old-fashioned print styles found on turn-of-the-century posters and broadsides. Alphabets such as the attention-getting Carnival, Frolic, and Houdini fondly recall that era. Others are attractions themselves, including the foreign-looking Armenian and Tokyo; the eerie Monster Outline and Raindrops; and the glamorous Diamond Inlay, Startime, and Golden Era. Additional alphabets include: Balderdash; Big Cat; Eureka; Cheapjack; Dodge City; Earthquake; National Gothic; Ringmaster; Toscana; Wood Relief; and 80 other high-impact typefaces.
Each font contains a complete upper-case alphabet; many include numerals, lower-case alphabets, punctuation marks, and symbols or vignettes. Available in a variety of sizes, the faces come in assorted shapes--mostly tall, fat, and bold--but always eye-catching and affordable.
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Clear full page layout of each style means the characters are easily transferable via tracing, camera or pantograph to a working scale.
A useful reference book.
The content is black on white so there is no indication as to what chromatic fonts such as Houdini and Frolic would look like in print.
This is ok as a reference for a style of fount only.
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