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jamie newland's picture
Joined: 29 Oct 2004 - 10:41am

I’m new to typography and I’d really like to get my hands on some metal typefaces play around and get my hands dirty, I’ve searched the net and so far all I found was some 6pt Helvetica on e-bay.

Does anybody know of anywhere in London that I can buy some faces either 2nd hand or new???

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

> 6pt Helvetica

I think my tea will shortly be coming out backwards…

There’s always some type on eBay, but:
1) The keywords vary, especially among people who are selling stuff they don’t understand. Some people for example use the term “hot stamping” to mean lead type.  :-/
2) Be careful of crappy ones. Like there’s this guy who sells them heaped in plastic bags…

Here’s something decent:

Also: besides avoiding Helvetica outright, I would recommend staying away from very small sizes. Not because they’re useless, but because they might sap your passion for typesetting. I know I personally hate fidgeting with the really small stuff.