Cheltenham

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What is the Cheltenham font?

Daniel Berkeley Updike seems to have stimulated the architect Bertram G. Goodhue to design the prototype in 1896 for Ingalls Kimball at the Cheltenham Press. Six years later Morris Fuller Benton at ATF developed it into the design and then the series that we know today. “Owing to certain eccentricities of form,” writes Updike, “it cannot be read comfortably for any length of time.” But he concludes: “It is, however, an exceedingly handsome letter for ephemeral printing.” Mergenthaler bought composing machine rights to the original design c. 1896, but bought the Benton design in 1904.

Cheltenham Font families

The Cheltenham includes the following font families:

  • Cheltenham Std Roman
  • Cheltenham Std Italic
  • Cheltenham Std Bold
  • Cheltenham Std Bold Headline
  • Cheltenham Std Bold Italic
  • Cheltenham Std Bold Italic Headline
  • Cheltenham Std Bold Condensed
  • Cheltenham Std Bold Condensed Italic
  • Cheltenham Std Bold Extra Condensed

Cheltenham Preview

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