Linotype Drawings at the MOP from Linotype: The Film on Vimeo.

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Altrincham Market

AltrinchamMarketWe are lucky enough to have a regular spot at the new Altrincham Market on Sundays were you can see our beautiful selection of available font drawings rescued from the Linotype building in Altrincham.

If you want to purchase a piece of Altrincham printing history then come down and see us. We are there most Sundays, drop us a tweet (@thefontarchive) or email first to avoid disappointment.

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Come and see us at the Grand Designs Live show in London next month




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ETSY Store now open!

We are pleased to announce that a selection of drawings are now available to purchase direct from our ETSY store.


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Current availability of drawings

Drawings are available to purchase from the following locations:


Sunbury antiques fair.


Altrincham market, 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month.

We have recently visited several design related companies in the North West after requests were made in regards to purchasing drawings, if you have five or more members of staff wishing to purchase please contact us directly.

We also hope to have some drawings available via ETSY very soon.

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ETSY store opening soon

Original drawings will soon be available to buy online through our ETSY store

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Antiques Roadshow

We’re delighted to have exhibited some of the drawings on the Antiques roadshow this evening.

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Trevor Johnson contacted us in response to the article

Today I was amazed to see an article in the Sale & Altrincham Messenger about font drawings being found in a cabinet at the old Linotype factory. I was employed at Linotype & Machinery from 1963 to 1974 as an apprentice and spent several years in the Type Drawing Office, then on the top floor of what was the 1947 new building.

Happy memories of a time spent learning about typefaces and the production of printed matter. I remember the “new type face” Helvetica being produced in the late 60′s under the watchful eye of chief design draughtsman Walter Tracey from the London Office. We were also involved in producing typefaces  for the Arabic speaking countries of Africa and the Near Eastern Countries.

Thank you so much for contacting us and adding to the history.

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We’re making news!

An article about our archive has been published this morning in the Manchester Evening News and The Sale & Altrincham Messenger

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University of Reading to host the digital archive

URTypography & Graphic Communication

The Department of Typography & Graphic Communication at Reading University has world-class collections on typography and typeface design. These are used for teaching and research at all levels, from undergraduate through MA programmes, to PhD and staff-led research. The Department’s collections include a substantial archive of type drawings from Linotype covering the hot-metal, phototypesetting, and early digital period. The digital scans of the Linotype & Machinery drawings in the collection of The Font Archive contribute significantly to the resources we provide our students for the study of typeface design, and support research at a range of levels.




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