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Did you know that GlobalType is the world’s largest collection of historic typefaces? Almost complete for the 19th and 20th century (til ~ 1970) and before? Available online since 2004? Thanks to the acribic work of Mr. Hans Reichardt from Linotype who allowed me to publish his typeface stock?
We de not compare with the commercial typeface collections like myfonts or Fontshop that you need for your daily business. We will never sell fonts. GlobalType is meant as a resource for research, inspiration and education. We’ve got 91,076 typeface names, 2348 type designers and 1047 foundries – by now. Combined with ~ 4,000 sample pictures out of the German type specimen “Seemann”, it is possible to get an idea of what these typefaces look like, although the sample is mostly a simple “Hamburg”. For example, you will find 840 different “Garamonds”.
The collection includes typefaces from Europe, America, Asia and Australia. The basis has been the standard references (Seemann: Handbuch der Schriftarten 1926, with supplementations through 1939, Jaspert/Berry/Johnson: The Encyclopaedia of Typefaces 1970, and Mac McGrew, American Metal Typefaces of the Twentieth Century 1995).
For those of you who didn’t know yet about GlobalType, here’s the entrance: