Type Styles of the 1920s?

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J Fry's picture
Joined: 13 Jun 2003 - 11:00am
Type Styles of the 1920s?

Hi, I am doing some work regarding a restored gas station (built in 1920s) and am wondering if anyone has any suggestions on type from this period. If there is anywhere in particular I can look for ideas that would be greatly appreciated as well. Thanks!

Hrant H Papazian's picture
Joined: 3 May 2000 - 11:00am

Look at ATF’s 1923 specimen book.


Jeff Fisher LogoMotives's picture
Joined: 23 May 2003 - 7:47pm

Although out of print, you might do a search of online used bookstores for a copy of “Trademarks of the 20’s and 30’s” by Eric Baker.

There are also numerous resource books on the history of the American gas station at Amazon.com. Just do a search for “gas station.” A client just got several of the books for a restoration project of the same period.

- Jeff

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steve paxton's picture
Joined: 7 Apr 2003 - 4:30pm

For period reference and inspiration try:

AD Access (over 7,000 advertisements printed in U.S. and Canadian newspapers and magazines between 1911 and 1955) at http://scriptorium.lib.duke.edu/adaccess/


The Emergence of Advertising in America: 1850 — 1920 (Presents over 9,000 images, with database information, relating to the early history of advertising in the United States) at http://scriptorium.lib.duke.edu/eaa/

geraint's picture
Joined: 12 Nov 2002 - 8:48am

wow. what an amazing couple of links.

The richard hollis* book is good on the period, and is organised by country and date.
there are many illustrations, but given the restrictions of the series format, the illustrations are tiny and b/w (almost all).

*Richard Hollis, Graphic Design: A Concise History , Thames and Hudson (World of Art series)

Tiffany Wardle's picture
Joined: 13 Jul 2001 - 11:00am

Another wonderful and amazing resource can be found through Louise Fili’s book Deco Type: Stylish Alphabets of the ’20s & ’30s as well as any of her other books. While her books are not an all encompassing explanation on design theory from that time, they are amazing little time capsules for those of us which love these periods.

Anonymous's picture
Joined: 6 Mar 2002 - 1:06pm

It’s a few years later but the posters of Cassandre are old favourites of many a designer.