American Typewriter

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American Typewriter
Category serif
Classification Slab Serif
Designer(s) Joel Kaden and Tony Stan
Foundry ITC, published by: Adobe, Apple and Linotype[1][2]
Date created 1974[3]
Design based on Sholes's 1868 typewriter patent
Also known as ITC American Typewriter, Helvetica Typewriter

American Typewriter is a style of typeface created in 1974 by Joel Kaden and Tony Stan for International Typeface Corporation based on the form and monospaced feature of the early Sholes's patent of the typewriter. They adapted the friendliness and immediacy of this style into the proportionally spaced font. This face was never made as foundry type, but appeared first as cold type and has subsequently been made into digital type.

This typeface can be used for business correspondence or any other place in which an old-fashioned style is required. The 'A' faces are identical to the regular ones, except for alternate versions of the following characters: &, $, R, e. The typewriter was patented in 1868 by Christopher Latham Sholes, who sold his rights to the Remington Arms Company in 1873. The first typewriters were initially thought to be replacements for printing and so typewriter keybars utilized printing types. Monospaced typefaces, that is, those designed so every letter takes up the same amount of space, were a more practical alternative and soon replaced printing types. This was by no means the first type to imitate type writing. Foundry catalogs of the late nineteenth century were already offering them and press manufacturers even made press size ribbons so that letters looking as if they had been typed could be produced wholesale. The font is currently under copyright.

Used in media[edit]

From 1983-84 season to 1988-89 season, MotorWeek used the font for road tests, as well as the closing credits. It is also used in the famous I Love New York (I ♥ NY) logo.

Formerly used by Tesco for in-store signage between the late 1970s and mid 1990s.

Used by Swedish news program Rapport from 1969 to 2001.


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  2. ^ "Typedia". Retrieved 2009-11-04. 
  3. ^ "MyFonts". Dec 3, 2007. Archived from the original on 3 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-28.