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May Special!
This month we’re giving away a free copy of our Douglass Pen font with any order. No discount code required—simply buy any other font (or fonts) before June 01, 2022, and you’ll also get a free download link to this condensed script modeled after the hand of distinguished statesman, orator, and abolitionist Frederick Douglass (a $39 value).

Geographica Script, an 18th-century roundhand font

Geographica Fonts Set font


Random Discounted Bundle…

While diverse, the three fonts in our Geographica Fonts Set™ all arise from the same source materials: the 18th-century British map engravings of Emanuel Bowen and Thomas Jefferys. You’ll find here a handwritten serif, a graceful script, and a four-style modern book text—each with a series of impressive map ornaments and full Latin support. Choose this bundle and save 50% off individual purchases. View Details »


Military Scribe font


Random Historical Pen…

Military Scribe™ is modeled after the compact, legible script on the mid- to late-1770s muster rolls of the 10th Regiment of Foot, a British military unit that saw action at the outset of the American Revolution in the Battle of Lexington and Concord as well as Bunker Hill. Comes with scores of OpenType features, including historical ligatures, contextual alternates, and ink blots—more than 1,000 characters in all. Try it out here »


TWT Pavane font


Random Book Text…

Lars Bergquist modeled his TWT Pavane font after Jean Jannon’s Caractères de l’université of 1621—but added adaptations (such as an increased x-height) to serve more modern uses. One of his two Garamond-style serifs (the other being Sarabande), this two-style family yet remains more in keeping with the French Renaissance look. A member of our discounted Book Texts bundle. Try it out here »


Geographica Script font


Random Old Map Font…

Geographica Script™ is a careful simulation of the kind of 18th-century roundhand script you’ll find on engraved maps and trade cards of the mid-1700s. Six months in the making, the font has more than 1,100 glyphs, including scores of ligatures, historical flourishes, and an eye-popping series of period ornaments. It’s a member of both our Historical Pens and Old Map Fonts collections. Try it out here »


Midnight font


Random Display Face…

Midnight is an ornamental typeface with a simple raison d’être: to simulate the look of the lettering on neon signs. Naturally, its two styles—Light and Bright—work best when knocked out of a dark background, but the font’s look is such that its usefulness is not limited to illustrations of a downtoan city street at night. An ideal addition to any designer’s display-font toolbox. Try it out here »


Oak Street font


Random Modern Handwritten Font…

Fat and sassy Oak Street simulates printing from a felt-tip marker. A heavyweight attention-grabber, this font is nevertheless neat and readable. Might work well for signs, headlines, display text, packaging—even menus. Oak Street’s nearly 800 characters include ligatures, small capitals, and full Latin support. One of six faces in our Modern Handwritten Fonts CollectionTry it out here »


Bonsai font


Random Antique Text Font…

A personal favorite among the text fonts I’ve designed, Bonsai™ is, well, top-heavy. But it’s this very top-heaviness—as if printed with worn or off-center lead type— that gives it a peculiar allure. It’s soft, warm, friendly, legible, accessible. Its roman and true italic styles have plenty of OpenType features, true small capitals, and Latin Plus support. (Note its use in the heads on this website!) Try it out here »


Speed Bump font


Random Offbeat Font…

Speed Bump does have upper- and lowercase Latin alphabets, but its chief appeal might be its vast array of wacky pictures (accessible via OpenType features or a character map utility). Need an apple, book, car, duck, eagle, or fish? They’re all there—plus a couple hundred more. Speed Bump has more than 500 glyphs and full Latin support. A member of our Offbeat Grab Bag bundle. Try it out here »


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“[American Scribe] may be the greatest font ever! Everyone on the planet should have it!”
—M.P., Boulder CO

“I'm always on the lookout for handwriting fonts that look more like handwriting than fonts. I've always relied on Texas Hero, Schooner Script, and Emily Austin and was very happy to see Lamar Pen and American Scribe.”
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“I'm a collector of 19th century antiques and photographs, and like to make labels and scrapbooks using fonts that fit the period of my items. I've even tried to learn the penmanship myself using dip pens... your fonts will make it so much easier!”
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