Typefaces from the Roaring 20s

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deeny_beany's picture
Joined: 3 May 2008 - 5:54am
Typefaces from the Roaring 20s

Hi everyone,

So Im new to all this.
Joined about 17mins ago.
I have a quick question hopefully a topshot typographer expert can get back to me asap.

Can anyone give me some examples of typical fonts from the 1920's?
Ive been searching about, but they're very broad, and I'm finding it difficult in narrowing it down to about 5, or so.

Please help!


Florian Hardwig's picture
Joined: 18 Feb 2007 - 6:41am

Hi Deanna,

welcome to Typophile!

First of all: you posted in the ‘Typographic Education’ forum. On typophile, there are several forums. I think this topic would rather fit into the Design board, as it doesn’t deal with educational concerns.

What kind of application are you looking for? Newspaper fonts, (urban) display fonts, book typography?
What place and culture, United States? Prohibition and Al Capone? Jazz, Swing, Broadway? Art Deco, Art Nouveau or expressionism?
Narrowing this down might help us.

You can always browse font vendor sites for keywords, like:


Tom Hodgins's picture
Joined: 10 Mar 2008 - 9:36pm

wikipedia will prove useful.

Many of our modern typefaces were designed earlier than we thought they were.

I believe:

Gill Sans
*possibly* Cooper

were designed in the 1920's, although they didn't gain momentum till they were used for a while.

If you're looking for typefaces that were popular in the 1920's, you'd have to look for typefaces that were designed much much earlier. Due to the technology of the time, they could make for quick and easy distribution like we can with digital downloads the day after they're created.