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Dear Lazyweb: 19th century font [Aug. 7th, 2010|01:23 pm]
The American Caliban
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I need to use a quote from the 1820s or so for a shirt/sticker project. The language is formal. I don't want to use Comic Sans, nor do I want to use something I pull out of the list randomly. What does Lazyweb recommend?
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[User Picture]From: snuh
2010-08-07 08:36 pm (UTC)
impact
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[User Picture]From: substitute
2010-08-07 08:43 pm (UTC)

Dear Lazyweb: 19th century font

DAMMIT
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[User Picture]From: kafkateer
2010-08-07 08:46 pm (UTC)

need more info, please?

what will the items say? what are they for, like a band or a product or what?
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[User Picture]From: kafkateer
2010-08-07 08:49 pm (UTC)

Re: need more info, please?

it doesn't really matter--the correct choice will always be blippo bold, obviously
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[User Picture]From: substitute
2010-08-07 09:10 pm (UTC)

Re: need more info, please?

Don't wanna give it away.

It just needs to be period appropriate and formal. Think "Jane Austen in print."
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[User Picture]From: amicablebitch
2010-08-07 10:03 pm (UTC)

Re: need more info, please?

there's a font called jane austen
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[User Picture]From: auntiesiannan
2010-08-07 09:21 pm (UTC)
GARAMOND
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[User Picture]From: dorothy_parka
2010-08-08 12:25 am (UTC)
yuppers. that's my suggestion too.
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[User Picture]From: potatohead
2010-08-08 12:33 am (UTC)
ha, this makes me laugh because I type everything in garamond. apparently I'm 19th century-ish.
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[User Picture]From: auntiesiannan
2010-08-08 11:15 pm (UTC)
I have great affection for Garamond. I pimp it whenever possible.
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[User Picture]From: leolo
2010-08-08 01:12 am (UTC)
Any time the answer is GARAMOND, it has to be right answer.
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[User Picture]From: scythrop
2010-08-07 09:35 pm (UTC)
Do you want a display font or like a book text font? Does it need to be something you already have? I think the Baskerville font family (esp. Old Face) looks fairly authentically 19th c. text. There's also Caslon. If you want a display font you could just browse here, and if you just need a graphic, you can make a sample in your own quotation, take a screenshot and edit it down to the text in question. (May take more than one shot.)
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[User Picture]From: kafkateer
2010-08-07 10:11 pm (UTC)

DING DING DING

agree w/ baskerville!
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[User Picture]From: kafkateer
2010-08-07 10:14 pm (UTC)

also here is a thing

from a local bar that prides itself on, you know, nodding at period stuff:

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#!/photo.php?pid=586047&id=1671117125

the link should certainly work. there's some pirate looking font there at the top whose name i cannot remember, BUT ANYWAY this bar captivates the youngs that are not douchey youngs. also olds such as myself.
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[User Picture]From: alfaguru
2010-08-07 10:55 pm (UTC)
From my collection, these spring out:

Engravers MT
Book Antiqua
Goudy Old Style

Hope that helps.
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