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22 of the Best Classic Fonts from the 1800s

The 19th century was a time of great change. Especially in the United States, it was an era that spurred huge progress particularly in the intellectual and industrial arenas.

The 1800s were known by many names, including the ‘century of lights’ or the ‘century of reason. Most notably, that period was known as the Age of Enlightenment because most of the ideas from prior years were implemented then.

But it was also a turbulent time to be born into. The Civil War happened took place, there was the Battle of Waterloo, and the Alamo, just to name a few. However, there were also discoveries that helped stimulate development.

There was the Lewis and Clark expedition, the opening of the Erie Canal, the Gold Rush of California, and of course, the very first modern Olympic Games. Without a doubt, it was surely a momentous era to be alive in.

Celebrate all that was iconic during this period using these bold 1800s style fonts.

 

Daring 1800s Fonts

1. Stay Alive

StayAlive
StayAlive

From Storictype, bring a touch of the 1800s using this typeface that combines modern and classic typography and delivers even more when looked up-close.

Download Stay Alive

 

2. De Arloy Typeface

DeArloy
DeArloy

StoricType combines classic typography and modern lines through this font that is great for brand names, logos and any visual that needs a large display, short words or something where an antique touch makes a big impact.

Download De Arloy Typeface

 

3. Lawless Font

Lawless 1
Lawless 1

Simon Stratford’s product is a tribute to the early American wood type of the 1800s that can be mixed and matched between 4 different styles – regular, grunge, spur and shadow.

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4. Old Alfie Font

Old Alfie
Old Alfie

Get that strong Victorian vibe while keeping those clean, modern strokes with this typeface from Tobias Saul. Also includes 60 extras, featuring 40 vector ornaments and 20 hand-drawn floral illustrations.

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5. Celestial Fonts

Celestial
Celestial

Bring the classic Victorian touch to this decade while keeping many modern characteristics using this typeface from Fortunes Co.. The set also contains a celestial pattern, brush, catchword, and an editable decorative outline stroke.

Download Celestial Fonts

 

6. Victorian Fonts Collection

VicColl
VicColl

If your projects need to possess a Victorian Era vibe, the quickest way is to take advantage of this two-font package from Burntilldead.

Download Victorian Fonts Collection

 

7. Pretoria Gross

PretoriaGross
PretoriaGross

Vivacious curves and Art Nouveau-inspired accents make this Intellecta Design product a great choice when going for a clear display font with a vintage touch.

Download Pretoria Gross

 

8. The Witch Typeface

ThWitchTF
ThWitchTF

Take advantage of the many effects you can get out of your project using the four available styles using Paperwitch’s typeface.

Download The Witch Typeface

 

9. Ehrich Display Typeface

Ehrich
Ehrich

Jordan Kabalka has created this typeface using inspiration from lettering found in magic show programs in the late 1800s to the early 1900s.

Download Ehrich Display Typeface

 

10. Applewood Alternate Font

Applewood
Applewood

This fashionable, vintage-looking font set from Aerotype is available in three styles: regular, alternate and shadow.

Download Applewood Alternate Font

 

11. Boston 1851

Boston1851
Boston1851

This typeface is based on a creation of the New England Stereotype Foundry that not only gives a strong presence, but is very readable even in smaller sizes.

Download Boston 1851

 

12. FHA Condensed French

condensedfrench
condensedfrench

This Fontry West product, theoretically sourced from wood type lettering found in displays, headlines and, posters, shows a true vintage character but does not feel out of place with modern-day designs.

Download FHA Condensed French

 

13. Vintage Wood Type Classics

VintageWTC
VintageWTC

This font set contains Aerotype’s Applewood, Bootstrap and Buckboard typeface families you can mix and match to get a vintage Wild West feel.

Download Vintage Wood Type Classics

 

14. NN1890 Vintage Font

NN1890
NN1890

If your work needs to be part-history trip, that effect is achievable using this Nick Novell product that takes heavy inspiration from the lettering used in printing presses of the late 19th Century.

Download NN1890 Vintage Font

 

15. Applewood Family

ApplewoodFamily 1
ApplewoodFamily 1

This font family comes with three styles that can be overlapped to add a unique twist to projects that will take on an old style or vintage approach.

Download Applewood Family

 

16. Buckboard

Buckboard
Buckboard

Go for that authentic Wild West feel with this classic wood font from Aerotype that can be used in conjunction with the Applewood and Bootstrap families.

Download Buckboard

 

17. Historical Press

HistoricalPress
HistoricalPress

This font is created using scans of old letterpress types that have shown years of heavy use – perfect for projects that work best with a heavy, over-inked look.

Download Historical Press

 

18. Black No.7

BlackNo7
BlackNo7

Typocalypse’s product is a throwback to the famous Tennessee whiskey logo from 1866, with 400 glyphs including alternates and special characters to give an added kick to the timeless feel.

Download Black No.7

 

19. Historica Typeface

HistoricaTF
HistoricaTF

Claim the wonder and excitement of magic shows, the circus and, carnivals using this font by Wubstudio.

Download Historica Typeface

 

20. Taberna

Taberna
Taberna

From Latinotype, this font is a result of exploring lettering design trends seen in bar signage, liquor packages and streetwear – resulting in a clean and versatile display font.

Download Taberna

 

21. Humoresque Layered Mini Font

humoresque
humoresque

The name says it all: get this font for projects that not only get most out of a Victorian-revival style, but also for displays that appeal to wit and whimsy.

Download Humoresque Layered Mini Font

 

22. Stanwood Font

Stanwood
Stanwood

From Spencer & Sons Co., this font captures the clean elegance used in lettering for an 1800s illustrated compendium of French perfumes.

Download Stanwood Font

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