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What is the Pekin font?

Pekin is an unusual design with an oriental flavor. It was originally designed by Ernst Lauschke and released by The Great Western Type Foundry of Chicago as “Dormer,” which is similar to the French verb ‘to sleep,’ not exactly a marketing triumph.
Barnhart Bros. And Spindler (independently-operated subsidiary of ATF since 1911) bought Great Western in 1918. According to McGrew, AMERICAN METAL TYPEFACES of the TWENTIETH CENTURY, BB&S renamed the typeface prior printing their 1925 specimen book — guess they wanted something just a tad more exciting.
Quirky, distinctive and fun. More…
Pekin ML represents a major extension of the original release, with the following changes:
1. Added glyphs for the 1250 Central Europe, the 1252 Turkish and the 1257 Baltic Code Pages. Added glyphs to complete standard 1252 Western Europe Code Page. Special glyphs relocated and assigned Unicode codepoints, some in Private Use area. Total of 415 glyphs (compared to 218 glyphs in the original release).
2. 652 Kerning Pairs. Note: Ag, Aj and gj will cross unless kerned. Alternative A may also be used.
3. Added OpenType GSUB layout features: onum, salt, liga, dlig, hist, ornm and kern.
4. Revised vertical metrics for improved cross-platform line spacing.
5. Refined various glyph outlines, based on improved scans.
6. Added set of Tabular Numbers at cap height, based on original design; added Old-Style Numbers based on default design.
7. Added a bunch of alternative characters: 18 upper case letters, 10 lower case letters, 1 ampersand and 1 bullet. The alternate c is actually the original design, but I don’t like it – easily confused with e. Alt E H M h m n r t are from the original design. I added the rest.
8. 7 Ligatures, 4 Ornaments, 18 Geometric Shapes, 6 Arrows and 12 Misc. Symbols.
The zip package includes two versions of the font at no extra charge. There is an OTF version which is in Open PS (Post Script Type 1) format and a TTF version which is in Open TT (True Type)format. Use whichever works best for your applications.

Pekin Font families

The Pekin font includes the following font families:

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Pekin Preview

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You're probably thinking - Is Pekin available to Download for free?

The short answer is no. Pekin is definitely not available as a free download font. This is a premium font which mean that you will have to pay to download and use it in your project. We showcase fonts on SharedFonts that are almost all premium fonts. Feel free to waste valuable hours of your time searching for a free download of Pekin, but take it from me, you will not be successful in your quest. Just think how much time and effort you will save if you just pay for Pekin and be done with it.

It is always best to pay for a premium font rather than trying to find an illegal download. The benefits of paying for Pekin is that you get the license to use it leagally. If you're using an illegal version of Pekin and you get caught, you or your client could get into some trouble legally with the publisher of Pekin. Also it is highly unlikely that you'll be able to find Pekin for free. Doing various searches on Google such as "Free Pekin Download" you will see a lot of websites that will say "Free Download" but these are just attempts to get you to click on a link which will either take you to an ad landing page or you risk getting viruses on your computer. In the rare occasion that you do find a free download for Pekin remember that it's illegal to use a font if you didn't pay for it!

If you really want Pekin and you want to truly own it the legal and safe way, then click here to visit the download and purchase page on Here you will be able to obtain the proper license. The designer and publisher deserves to be paid for their work, as they have put in the hours and the creativity to produce such an amazing font. Good luck with your purchase and future use of this font. :)