|Designer(s)||R. Hunter Middleton, Gerry Powell|
|Foundry||Ludlow Typograph, American Type Founders|
|Design based on||Clarendon|
Stencil refers to two typefaces released within months of each other in 1937. The face created by R. Hunter Middleton for Ludlow was advertised in June, while Gerry Powell's version for American Type Founders appeared one month later. Both fonts consist of only capital letters with rounded edges and thick main strokes, much like a Clarendon typeface, except with breaks in the face to give it the appearance of the stenciled alphabets used on boxes and crates. Powell's exploration of Stencil became very popular over time and is still used today.
In 1997, Alexei Chekulaev made a Cyrillic version of Stencil Bold, called Stencil Cyrillic Regular.
In Rookledge's Classic International Typefinder, the entry Stencil Bold shows the existence of a lowercase letters in the font that are unavailable from either actual type foundries or the producers of digital type.
The typeface was used to render the names of the characters in the Incredible Crash Dummies action figure line.
Stencil is also used in the logo for The Home Depot.
- MacGrew, Mac, American Metal Typefaces of the Twentieth Century Oak Knoll Books, New Castle Delaware, 1993, ISBN 0-938768-34-4, pp. 292-293.
- Perfect, Christopher, Gordon Rookledge, Phil Baines, Rookledge's Classic International Typefinder, Lawrence King Publishing, London, 2004, ISBN 978-1-85669-406-3, p. 575.