Copperplate Gothic

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Release Year
1901
Country of Origin
United States
Classification
Serif
Original Format
Metal (Foundry)
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caps, gothic, sans serif

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Copperplate Gothic is a typeface designed by Frederic W. Goudy and released by the American Type Founders (ATF) in 1901. The face shows an unusual combination of influences: its small glyphic serifs act to emphasize the blunt terminus of vertical and horizontal strokes and they are reminiscent of stone carving. The wide horizontal axis is typical of Victorian display types, yet the result is far cleaner and leaves a crisp impression in letterpress or offset printing.

The typeface is most often used in stationery, for social printing, and is classically seen acid-etched into glass on the doors of law offices, banks and restaurants.

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