Fhtagn Font Friday 1

H.P. Lovecraft cursive font

Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn*

The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society (headquartered, naturally, at www.cthulhulives.org) sells more than 50 fonts from the age of Lovecraft for a mere $20, here. The HPLHS has revived many of them from vintage sources, including the 1923 American Type Founder’s specimen book and the Mergenthaler Linotype catalog from the mid-1930s. Be the creepiest kid on your block and give your work that indefinable madness-bound feel. NOTE: These fonts are for your own personal entertainment purposes, not for commercial work. (See also my post Fhtagn Font Friday 2: a Cthulhuian alphabet.)

*A fictional occult phrase from H. P. Lovecraft‘s The Call of Cthulhu, said to mean, “In his house at R’lyeh dead Cthulhu waits dreaming.”



HPLHS-Lovecraft Cursive is a replica of H. P. Lovecraft’s own handwriting, scanned from his letters to Willis Conover. The font includes HPL’s signature.



HPLHS-Lovecraft Block is a replica of H. P. Lovecraft’s own block-lettered handwriting, scanned from his letters to Willis Conover.



HPLHS-Autograph Lanier is a replica of the handwriting of Sidney Lanier, a 19th century American poet



HPLHS-TextSerif is an adaptation of the Linotype font Antique No. 1, also very similar to Bookman.



HPLHS-TextSerif Oblique is also based on Antique No. 1.



HPLHS-OldStyle1 is a font revived and digitized from the Linotype catalog of the mid 1930s. Available for FREE in the HPLHS font pack.



HPLHS-OldStyle Italic is a font revived from the Linotype catalog of the mid 1930s. Available for FREE in the HPLHS font pack.



HPLHS-OldStyle Small Caps is a font revived from the Linotype catalog of the mid 1930s. Available for FREE in the HPLHS font pack.



HPLHS-Bulfinch is revived and digitized from the 1923 American Type Founders specimen book.



HPLHS-Colwell is revived and digitized from the 1923 American Type Founders specimen book. A great vintage 1920s look.



HPLHS-Colwell Italic is revived and digitized from the 1923 American Type Founders specimen book.



HPLHS-Cromwell is revived and digitized from the 1923 American Type Founders specimen book.



HPLHS-National Oldstyle is revived and digitized from the 1923 American Type Founders specimen book.



HPLHS-Post Monotone is revived and digitized from the 1923 American Type Founders specimen book.



HPLHS-Atlas Italic is a replica of hand-drawn type found on vintage maps.



HPLHS-Italic is a replica of hand-drawn type from old advertisements.



HPLHS-Victoria is revived and digitized from the 1923 American Type Founders specimen book.



HPLHS-Manuscript Caps is a font of ornate hand-drawn medieval capital letters meant to be printed in two colors.


HPLHS-Blackletter is an irregular hand-drawn textura font based on the lettering of French heraldic engraver Charles Demengeot. It is appropriate for old occult tomes where you want a written-by-insane-monks kind of feeling. Available for FREE in the HPLHS font pack.


HPLHS-Tome Pi is a font of medieval letters, astrological and alchemical symbols, and occult illustrations and diagrams, scanned from various vintage sources. Great for making old books.



HPLHS-WW2Blackletter is based on actual German documents from the late 1930s. There are two versions: one with ornate descenders and one without. Available for FREE in the HPLHS font pack.



HPLHS-TypoScript is revived and digitized from the 1923 American Type Founders specimen book.



HPLHS-TypoGothic is revived and digitized from the 1923 American Type Founders specimen book.



HPLHS-Copperplate Roman is revived and digitized from the 1923 American Type Founders specimen book.



HPLHS-Gothic520 is revived and digitized from the 1923 American Type Founders specimen book.



HPLHS-Times Gothic is revived and digitized from the 1923 American Type Founders specimen book.



HPLHS-Telegram is a detailed replica of the type used on real Western Union telegrams in the 1920s and ’30s. Available FREE.



HPLHS-Persnickety is an adaptation of the art deco display font Bernhard Modern.



HPLHS-Roman Engraved is a replica of hand-drawn letters from a 1904 sign-painter’s manual. It has very rough edges.



HPLHS-Mercantile is revived and digitized from the 1923 American Type Founders specimen book.



HPLHS-Mercantile Oblique is revived and digitized from the 1923 American Type Founders specimen book.



HPLHS-Mercantile Card is revived and digitized from the 1923 American Type Founders specimen book.



HPLHS-Headline Modified is revived and digitized from the 1923 American Type Founders specimen book.



HPLHS-Headline One is a replica of real newspaper headline type. It has softly rounded corners like old lead type. Available for FREE in the HPLHS font pack.



HPLHS-Headline Two is a roughened adaptation of the Linotype font Erbar, as used in newspapers in the 1920s and ’30s. Available for FREE in the HPLHS font pack.



HPLHS-SlabSerifis a condensed wood type alphabet. It’s appropriate for subheads in newspapers, wanted posters, and the like. Available for FREE in the HPLHS font pack.



HPLHS-ExtraExtra is a replica of wood type used for headlines in old newspapers. The upper and lower case are really two different fonts.



HPLHS-Extra is a replica of wood type used for headlines in old newspapers.



HPLHS-Forsythe is digitized from vintage advertisements.



HPLHS-MetroThin is revived and digitized from the Linotype catalog of the mid 1930s.



HPLHS-MetroLight is revived and digitized from the Linotype catalog of the mid 1930s.



HPLHS-MetroMedium is revived and digitized from the Linotype catalog of the mid 1930s. Often used for newspaper picture captions.



HPLHS-MetroMedium Italic is revived and digitized from the Linotype catalog of the mid 1930s.



HPLHS-MetroBlack is revived and digitized from the Linotype catalog of the mid 1930s.



HPLHS-Policy Gothic is a replica of rough sans serif type found on an old insurance policy. Available in Macintosh PostScript format only.



HPLHS-Black Gothic is a replica of hand-drawn lettering from old advertisements.



HPLHS-Gothic Compressed is a replica of hand-drawn lettering from old advertisements.



HPLHS-Black Condensed is a replica of hand-drawn lettering from old advertisements.



HPLHS-Black Oblique is a replica of hand-drawn lettering from old advertisements.



HPLHS-Electro Gothic is a replica of hand-drawn lettering from old advertisements.

Free Font Friday!

"Oswald" font with sample type

OSWALD is a new free font from fontsquirrel.com, available as an OTF download. It was designed by excellent and prolific typographer Vernon Adams (other fontsquirrel fonts, newtypography.co.uk blog). Oswald is a strong condensed sans serif with Light, Regular and Bold weights as well as an all-caps Stencil style. It looks good in headlines and in limited amounts of medium-sized text — it’s too condensed for small type. My only complaint is that the crossbars on the lower-case “e”s are strangely thin.

"Oswald" font with alphabets and sample type in four styles

Install Google Fonts on Windows or Mac for Faster Web Browsing

Google Fonts download interface

Downloading interface

Windows/OS X: Google is now offering a convenient way to download Google Fonts, its 1,000+ collection of free, open-source fonts, to your desktop. Not only will your downloaded fonts sync to Google, they’ll also help load websites faster if they use those fonts.

Although there are other ways to download Google Fonts to your computer, if you use the free tool SkyFonts as Google recommends, your fonts will be synced with Google’s directory. So you’ll always have the latest versions of the fonts (for example, if new characters are added).

Even if you don’t plan on using the fonts for your own projects, installing the fonts locally, Google says, will make browsing websites that use those fonts faster, since your browser won’t have to fetch the font data.

Download SkyFonts and Google Fonts via the link below. Once you’ve installed SkyFonts, browse the fonts collection on the website and select the ones you want to install. (Too bad there’s no “select all” option.)

Sync Google Fonts to your Desktop with SkyFonts | Fonts.com via Google Developers Blog and TechCrunch

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