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About:

The Solotype Archive was begun in 1942 when I was 14. I was a kid printer for several years before that. At 16, after a quick three months of training, I dropped out of school and went to work full time as a radio actor and announcer in San Francisco. By 1962, I was completely burned out on radio, so I decided to see if I could make a living with my collection of antique types, which numbered about a thousand fonts at that time. Business took off immediately. The Solotype collection was one of four commercial collections at the time.

Two years into the business, I began to collect alphabets on paper for conversion to photo lettering, which was just becoming mainstream in the type business.

In 1974, I began to supply Dover Publications with mechanicals for books of 100 alphabets on a particular theme. I did 30 of these books over the years, and 30 more of printers’ ornaments, borders, and so forth.

SELECTED PRODUCTS

Arcade
Assay
Athena
Atlantis
Bamberg
Bamboo
Bandstand
Banquet
Baraboo Banner
Barbary Coast
Bareback
Behrens Antiqua
Behrens Schrift
Beijing
Benjamin
Berolina
Bindweed
Blue Point
Bordeaux
Brevet
Brussels
Cabaret
Campaign
Cathedral
Cheval
Cigar Label
Circlet
Cleopatra
Cognac
Concave Extended
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