Originally sold in the 1950s, the Filmotype introduced by its founders Allan and Beatrice Friedman was a simple manually operated photo typesetting machine (the iMac of the 1950s) and it used 2-inch filmstrips with over 500 amazing display alphabets so the user could set headlines on photo paper or film. Filmotype eventually went on to become Alphatype until the Mac came along in 1984 and POOF! No more photo typesetting!

In 2006, the Font Diner acquired this amazing photo film alphabet collection and continues to digitize and releasing these wonderful gems of 1950s lettering as digital fonts!

To learn more about the history of this amazing company, a companion book was written and released in 2009.


Filmotype Keynote
Filmotype Candy
Filmotype Dancer
Filmotype Jade
Filmotype Carmen
Filmotype Yale
Filmotype Royal
Filmotype Royal Semiexpanded
Filmotype Royal Semicondensed
Filmotype Royal Expanded
Filmotype Royal Condensed
Filmotype Miner
Filmotype Meredith
Filmotype Marlette
Filmotype Mansfield
Filmotype Manchester
Filmotype Zephyr
Filmotype Jamboree
Filmotype Yukon
Filmotype Panama
Filmotype Major
Filmotype Adonis
Filmotype Power
Filmotype Escort
Filmotype Reef
Filmotype Gem
Filmotype Rose
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