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The other day, while I was sorting out and organizing my bookmarks, I ran across this site called Letterhead Fonts1. I had completely forgotten about this site and the moment I saw it, I knew I had to feature them here on Design Informer. If you like typography, then this showcase is definitely for you.

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I contacted Chuck, the founder of Letterhead Font and asked him if I could feature the designs from his website and he graciously accepted.

Here is what Chuck had to say about Letterhead Fonts. Link

Letterhead Fonts began in October 1999 with 4 fonts.

As a sign painter who had come from a hand-lettering background, I couldn’t find the fonts I wanted – so I made them myself. Others also appreciated these styles and the website grew.

I’ve always preferred the older letters from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, so that is what I focused on most. Other artists joined me later. Today, Letterhead Fonts has 18 regular contributors (including myself) and over 300 fonts (I have removed several over the years). All of these artists are professionals in the sign and graphics industries, which gives them a unique perspective
and insight as to the balance of the letters.

The purpose of Letterhead Fonts remains the same as it was 10 years ago– to make unique, high quality fonts that serve a purpose. If it isn’t something that we would use ourselves or if it already exists, we won’t do it.

Letterhead Fonts only offers Postscript OpenType fonts. We stopped offering the horrible format of TrueType in 2007. Postscript is the only format that ensures the letters look exactly the way the original artist drew them. TrueType on the other hand, adds new points to the letters– thereby changing the shape of the letters. It’s like painting a masterpiece and then having someone Xerox it 50 times. Very frustrating.

Because we make all of our own fonts and sell them directly from our site, we can provide good customer service to our users. If anyone has a problem, we can fix the issue right away for them (or help them install the fonts or provide other technical assistance). We have our own server and a very advanced account system that keeps track of the customer’s purchases. When we release a new version of a particular font, it is automatically updated in everyone’s account so they can download it again.

Though this method of being both the creators and exclusive distributors is more work, I prefer this way of doing business over selling through a third party. Besides, who wants to give away 30-50% of their sales to someone else?

Showcase of Letterhead Font Designs Link

Here are just some of the designs that were created from Letterhead Fonts.

Please do not copy or post these images anywhere. Special permission was granted by Letterhead Fonts to Design Informer to use these designs.

Design Inspiration2

Young American3

Mark Whyte4




Tommy Guns8

Hard Luck Society9





Career Club14

Holiday Fest15


Say Anything17

TC Signs18

Gold Hunt19

Cowboy Poetry20

Johnny Verado21

To see more of the Letterhead Font designs, please make sure you visit their gallery22.

Well, thanks for viewing the Letterhead Font showcase. Do you like this vintage style typography? By the way, which one of the designs did you really like and why? Please let me know in the comments below.

One last thing, please bump and stumble this article so the rest of the design community can see these amazing designs. Thank you so much.

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  1. 1

    Really great Typo stuff in this post… definitely sharing this :)

  2. 4

    Yeah, was pretty cool! Shared as well.
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  3. 6

    Nice logos and typography designs! Cool share, and nice blog keep it up
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  4. 8

    Amazing collection!
    Thanks a lot for sharing this!
    I’ll definitely check the site out once I got some time
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  5. 10

    Wow! Some awesome typography work and designs. Great roundup!
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    • 11

      Yes, the typography in these designs are beautiful. A lot of customization in each design. I really like the old typographic style that are in these designs, reminds me of the hand-made signs from back in the day.

  6. 12

    Amazing Typography….. Love the illustrations. I think he has a liking towards retro style graphics. Most of his design carry the vintage look. Every design is better than the last.

    Visiting his website is like taking a tour in a vintage museum!! Great work, Chuck

    Thanks a lot for sharing these Jad. This is definitely going to pump some motivation into typography enthusiasts (like me, for instance) to try to create such awesome illustrations…
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  7. 13

    This is a fantastic collection with a very nice elaboration. I like how Design Informer offers unique experiences together with all its posts. Like Richie said, reading this website is like a trip to a museum! The letterhead fonts are embedded with so much detail and they have been used very intelligently!
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  8. 15

    Pretty Impressive!! .All the font designs listed here are beautiful and they really take you back in time, especially Young American, Tommy Guns and Say Anything.

    • 16

      Yes, they definitely take us back in time. The style is very unique and I actually really like it. It’s very different from the usual designs of today.

  9. 17

    Nice – very inspirational. Thanks for the round-up mate!
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  10. 19

    Excellent typos and examples. Great Job Jad
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  11. 21

    Very Nice selection! my fav is the Muddys Smokehouse one. Thanx!

  12. 23

    amazing typography examples for inspirations.

  13. 25

    Awesome typography inspirations. Great collections. Their website takes you back in time…

    • 26

      It’s great to know that you liked it and were inspired by it. That’s the purpose of me collecting these; that hopefully, it will be a source of inspiration to designers that read the blog. :)

  14. 27

    Jad, this really is eye candy haha! Just what I need for a borning cold morning here in Moscow. The showcase is really awesome. Thanks for sharing!

    ~ K.
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  15. 29

    I really love the Tommy Guns Salon…
    All the old American styles are pretty lovely.
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  16. 31

    Great Post Jad.

    All of them looks great. Awesome Collection…

    • 32

      Great? Thanks for the compliments Atul. I appreciate it. Really though, all the credit to this post should go to Chuck and the artists over at Letterhead Fonts.

  17. 33

    You got the eye candy part right! A great roundup of examples as well. Thanks for putting this together, it’s a great start for my Tuesday morning.
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  18. 35

    Fantastic collection Jad! Can’t decide which one I like best.
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  19. 37

    Awesome post, thanks so much for the list!

  20. 39

    Wow! really amazing collection, Jad!
    Mind-blowing job by Letterhead Fonts and you too.
    Thanks for sharing, :)
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  21. 41

    Beautiful roundup. I love typography. :D
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  22. 43

    It’s cool that you got special permission to use these pictures. It shows your good character to ask before just taking like most bloggers..
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    • 44

      Thanks Melody. I always make sure to check the terms and conditions on a website before using their artwork. Saves me from that copyright stuff and legal mumbo-jumbo. :)

  23. 45

    great post! its inspiring me to focus on typography for my next project :)
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  24. 47

    Some really nice work in the post Jad. I love to see great typography work. We have used a few Letterhead Fonts in some vinyl graphic wraps I designed last summer for sign business.

    • 48

      Cool! You’ve actually used them? Glad you liked the post. It’s even better to hear that from someone who has actually worked with Letterhead Fonts.

  25. 49

    Vintage Typography is good for the soul! I have been looking for some classic graphic design from decades ago, this is a great collection to add! Thanks
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    • 50

      Vintage typography is actually something that I really enjoy as well. The reason for this is because these typographic creations are meticulously hand-crafted and take so much time to design. It takes some serious skill to be able to design some of these.

  26. 51

    Great collection of typography. Thanks for sharing this with us, Jad. :)

  27. 53

    Absolutely amazing fonts and designs. Thanks for sharing this treasure ;-). Bookmarked!

  28. 55

    Great collection (again) :-D Favorite: Tommy Guns Salon!

  29. 56

    These are seriously cool, would love to design in this style. Probably suitable for surf too? Matt.

  30. 57

    I have followed & used LHF fonts for about 9 years now. the quality is great. The “Design Inspiration” logo you have featured on the main Typography Eyecandy is my business logo that I spent 6 months designing. You can check out my other designs at:
    I serve as a graphic designer for print shops & logo design. There is a lot of talk about “retro” type here. Yes, there is a good amount of retro styles but I believe that decorative fonts don’t all belong in that category. Especially the script styles, I use these fonts daily in my work & my portfolio shows how I use each style.

  31. 58

    “I think he has a liking towards retro style graphics.”

    The reason for this is because as he mentioned, he was a sign painter that came from a hand-lettering background.

    I’m glad that this post was an inspiration for you. Hope it helps you to create some great typographic designs. :)


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