SOLOTYPE TYPE FOUNDRY

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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

Tally Text Light
Telegraph
Tourist
Trapeze
Tuscan Gothic
Unique Wood
Valerie
Valjean
Vanities Shaded
Vienna
Webster
Welcome
Westmore
Zorro