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Slab Serif Fonts

Linotype piece on slab serif typefaces, with its own classification into Clarendons, Contemporary Text Faces, Classic Text Faces, Standard-Bearers, and Massive Display Examples. Slab serifs started in industrial England in the 19th century and are also called Egyptians.

  • Clarendons: The first Clarendon was introduced in 1845 by R. Besley&Co, The Fann Street Foundry. It is one of the more refined slab serif typefaces. Monotype, Adobe and Linotype each have their own Clarendon families.
  • Contemporary Text Faces: PMN Caecilia (by Dutch typeface designer Peter Matthias Noordzij) starts off this list, followed by Diverda Serif, Aptifer Slab, Generis Slab, Amasis, Calvert, Chaparral, Compatil Letter, HoTom, ITC Officina Serif, Siseriff and Soho.
  • Classic Text Faces: Newspaper types like Excelsior, Impressum and Ionic, or solid slab serifs like Memphis, Egyptian 505 (by Gürtler) and Egyptienne F (by Frutiger).
  • Others: Apollo, Breughel (1982, Adrian Frutiger), ITC Century, New Century Schoolbook, Joanna, Linoletter, Nimrod, Linotype Really (1999, Gary Munch), Perrywood and Scotch (surely, the latter is a mistake).
  • Standard-Bearers: Started by Memphis (1929, Rudolf Wolf) and Beton (Heinrich Jost), and followed by the sixties typeface Glypha (Frutiger). Others: Candida, Courier, Epokha, ITC Magnifico, Rockwell, Venus Egyptienne.
  • Massive Display Examples: Dark and heavy, this group includes Aachen, Linotype Authentic, Figaro, Jeunesse Slab, ITC Lubalin Graph, Neo Contact, Old Town No 536, Playbill, Princetoiwn, Retro Bold, Wanted, Waterloo Bold, Westside. Many of these are so-called Western saloon or wanted poster fonts.

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file name: Adrian Frutiger Breughel 1982


file name: Thomas Hofmann Ho Tom 1994


file name: Matthew Carter New Century Schoolbook Pro 1980 after Morris Fuller Benton 1915 1923


file name: Matthew Carter New Century Schoolbook Pro 1980 after Morris Fuller Benton 1915 1923 Poster by Joyce Choe 2016


file name: Matthew Carter New Century Schoolbook Pro 1980 after Morris Fuller Benton 1915 1923 Poster by Joyce Choe 2016b


file name: Peter Matthias Noordzij Caecilia Etext Bold 2013


file name: Peter Matthias Noordzij Caecilia 2


file name: Peter Matthias Noordzij Caecilia


file name: Peter Matthias Noordzij P M N Caecilia 1991


file name: Peter Matthias Noordzij P M N Caecilia 1990


file name: Marten Thavenius Aptifer Sans 2006


file name: Marten Thavenius Aptifer Sans 2006b


file name: Marten Thavenius Aptifer Slab 2006


file name: Marten Thavenius Aptifer Slab 2006b


file name: Marten Thavenius Aptifer Slab Black 2006


file name: Gary Munch Linotype Really 1999


file name: Robert Harling Playbill 1938 Poster by Clara Elguezabal 2014


file name: Robert Harling 1939 Stephenson Blake The Caslon Letter Foundry Playbill


file name: Robert Harling 1939 Stephenson Blake The Caslon Letter Foundry Playbill


file name: Robert Harling 1939 Stephenson Blake The Caslon Letter Foundry Playbill


file name: Sebastian Lester Soho 2008b


file name: Daniel Lanz Diverda Serif 2004


file name: Colin Brignall Andreww P Smith Retro Bold 1992


file name: Frank Hinman Pierpont Rockwell Std Bold 1934 Monotype Version


file name: Carol Twombly Chaparral 1997 Poster by Megan Hickman 2014


file name: Carol Twombly Chaparral 1997 Poster by Megan Hickman 2014b


file name: Carol Twombly Chaparral 1997 Poster by Megan Hickman 2014c


file name: Carol Twombly Chaparral 1997 Poster by Sarah Tamilio 2015


file name: Carol Twombly Chaparral Pro Regular 1997 2000


file name: Carol Twombly Chaparral Pro Display Light 1997 2000


file name: Ron Carpenter Amasis 1990 Poster by Cassandra Cluck 2014


file name: Ron Carpenter Amasis 1990







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