Windsor (typeface)

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Windsor fontsample.svg
Category Display
Designer(s) Eleisha Pechey
Foundry Stephenson Blake

Windsor is an old style serif display typeface created in 1905 by Eleisha Pechey for the Stephenson Blake type foundry. Capitals M and W are widely splayed, P and R have very large upper bowls. The Lowercase a, h, m and n of the Windsor font have angled right hand stems, e has an angled cross-stroke. Besides the basic font it is also available in two other styles, Light and Roman. Various foundries introduced minor variations so that today there are versions by Linotype, Elsner+Flake, URW++, Mecanorma and Stephenson Blake.

In popular culture[edit]

Beginning with 1977's Annie Hall, almost all the title sequences and credits of Woody Allen's films use sparse, white Windsor Light Condensed over a black background.[1] The same font was used in the Ebury Press 2007 edition (ISBN 0091920213) of his 2007 book Mere Anarchy.[2]

Windsor Bold is used for the title and credits of the TV series All in the Family, 227, Who's The Boss?, and The Goldbergs.[citation needed]

The Whole Earth Catalog, published between 1968 and 1972, used Windsor font on its cover.[citation needed]

Max's Kansas City in New York City used lowercase Windsor Bold in its logo from 1965 to 1981.[citation needed] The 7th Street Entry at the First Avenue nightclub in Minneapolis, Minnesota has also used lowercase Windsor Bold in its logo since 1981.[citation needed]

Windsor Bold is also the typeface used in the 1980s trading card series Garbage Pail Kids.[3]

For a majority of its run, and following its expansion to an hour long in 1975, The Price is Right flashed phrases during the intro that were in Windsor. Originally, the phrase "One Hour" was flashed in an unknown script font, but by mid-December 1975, it was switched to "Hour Power" in Windsor, and the font remained in use until the opening titles were abandoned in 2009. Some episodes, particularly specials, instead used Cooper Black beginning in the late 1990s; this was abandoned in the fall of 2007.

A condensed version of Windsor is used on the letter strips in Parker Brothers' 1978 game Punch Line.[4]

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