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Johnston, with petits-serifs, as seen at Sudbury Town tube station. (Click to see a larger version of this photograph, where the serifs are more visible.)

Petit-serifs or petits-serifs are small serifs (petit is French for "small"), which are attached to regular sans-serif fonts.

An example of this is the version of London Underground's Johnston typeface created by Percy Delf Smith.[1] This was used at the Underground Electric Railways Company of London's headquarters, 55 Broadway, and some early 1930s Underground stations. A modern version, Johnston Delf Smith, is used by Transport for London for some historic signage.[2]


  1. ^ Badsey-Ellis, Antony. Underground Heritage. Capital Transport. p. 103. ISBN 9-781854-143600. 
  2. ^ "Font Requests". Transport for London. Retrieved 14 March 2015.