I am putting together a new 7x10 book in a classic pulp layout with the 2 columns, illustrations and ads. I was wondering what font choices the typophile community would recommend.

I am a big face of deco display faces, but I am having a hard time deciding what would be an optimal body font.

The wrinkle that complicates things is that the visual style of the book is a combination between the 1970s and the 1930 after the books 2 protagonists.

I am mainly concerned for the print edition at this point, but something that would be able to be embedded in an ebook would be a plus.

Many thanks

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1930s Typefaces

Can anyone name any 1930s typefaces they particularly admire, that would fit the purposes of a book cover, preferably with a variety of weights?

Any help would be much appreciated.

I came across some type samples of two (possibly unrelated) typefaces used in Mechanics and Handicraft circa 1936–38. It looks pretty Futura-like, but I'm most interested in identifying the italic (though that uppercase G in the Roman is really lovely...).

Can anyone help with identification or some similar fonts/faces?

Hi guys, this has gotten me stumped and I thought I'd turn to the experts for some help. I would be happy with something that's just close and isn't exact, but that triangular capital A is something I've never seen before in a typeface like this.

The subject says it all: this is from a photo presumably taken in Manila some time before the building got damaged in a fire in 1931.

I'm hoping you could help me out! Thanks.

Dear all!

I’m doing a project for my MA in Communication at ESAD (Escola Superior de Artes e Design) in Porto, Portugal. The theme of the project is Italian Graphics during the period between 1930 and 1960. I need your help to try to identify some of the typefaces used in some of the publications (see attachments) that were printed at the time. Many thanks in advance.

Kind regards,
Ricardo Calabaça

Greater Albion Typefounders have just released two new typefaces on Myfonts.

Eccles is another of our 'Early Victorian' typefaces, a series we started with the Wolverhampton family a little while ago. It might be described as 'extreme-Tuscan' in style but has a delicacy that many other Tuscan faces seem to lack. It's ideal for giving design projects a clear period feel, particularly in design and advertising work. We also see it haveing considerable application in preparing invitations to a certain type of happy event. At the other extreme, some of our younger associates have described it as 'your latest Steampunk font'. So perhaps we'll just have to settle on it having a split personality...

Greater Albion have jusst released two new families through Fontspring and Myfonts:

Corsham was inspired by traditional stonemason's engraved lettering designs. Designed to be used alone, or in combination with our Corton family, ithas wonderfully lively air, with distinctive lively serifs and beautifully swashed downstrokes. Four faces are offered-regular bold and black weights as well as a condensed form. All faces include a range of Opentype features, including ligatures and old-style numerals. The Corsham faces merge 'olde-worlde' charm with fun character, yet remaining clear and legible for text use.


The Spargo family of six typefaces has just released on Myfonts.com and on Fontspring.

Spargo is inspired by 20s and 30s American typefaces, often seen on share certificates and other securities. We thought it was time to bring a touch of transatlantic boom and ebullience to our portfolio of typefaces, not to mention a healthy dose of Roaring 20s spirit. Spargo is the result, offered in six all capitals display typefaces.

Here are speciments of the six faces...

Greater Albion have just released two new families through Fontspring and Myfonts.com.

The first of these, Cirflex was inspired by a 1930s shop sign, and makes an ideal typeface for Streamline Era and Art Deco design. Cirflex is offered in regular and bold weights.

Hello Typophiles,

I am designing a website for a polo club. As a source of inspirations I have the following picture of a magazine (1930), from the time this club was at its peak. Is there a close approximate to this font, which would fit nicely to the sport (fast, noble and demanding) and which would serve as a reminder to those times. I would use this font for headlines and maybe for the navigation. What body text would go nicely with it?

As I am yet new to web design and typography I would very much appreciate your help. I am a little stuck on this. I have already looked through type specimens but the sheer amount of fonts and the science to it is quite overwhelming. I hope I am not asking too much.

Thanks for you help and greetings from Austria

In the blurb for Tungsten H&FJ describe the style as a "Modern Gaspipe". I particularly like this style, with strong vertical lines, an explicit diagonal in the S and corners like a race track at the top and bottom.

Googling Modern Gaspipe doesn't yield much besides Tungsten. Does anyone know of some other good examples of this style, preferably with a lighter weight, such as Bourgeois?

Many thanks,

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