Last Updated on June 21, 2022
From poodle skirts, Elvis Presley, to jukeboxes, and drive-in movies – these are just a few of the icons from the ‘Roaring 50s’.
It was during this time, between 1946 and 1960 that it seemed like there would be a happier, better tomorrow. Soldiers were coming back from the war, the economy was booming, and families were moving to the suburbs.
Sure, there was still some tension around the world (the Cold War, civil rights movements, etc.). But in general, people looked forward to the jitterbug and Davy Crockett. They were, without a doubt, simpler, happier times.
Diggin’ some retro vibes lately? Then look into these fun 1950s fonts!
Beautiful 1950s Fonts
1. Nestor – Quirky Typeface
Nestor is a retro inspired display typeface that’s unique, lovable, and quirky. It’s perfect for headlines, advertising, posters, branding, social media, quotes, prints, and much more. If you’re in need of a typeface that has groovy curves with a bold personality, then Nestor is for you.
Jassin is a fun and groovy typeface with a bold personality. Perfect for branding, headlines, social media, advertising, packaging, posters, t-shirts, editorials and much more. Its vintage feel evokes the carefree and whimsical vibe of the psychedelic era, allowing you to craft impressive looking designs.
A bold typeface that is fun, playful, and laidback. Nelson will bring a smile to your face every time you use it. Nelson is perfect for children books, greeting cards, signage, user interfaces, package design, branding, and much more. Its chubby clean letters looks simple, modern, and expressive. A must have for your digital asset toolkit.
Citro is a bold typeface based on retro hand-painted paper signs primarily seen in grocery stores from the 1920s through the 1970s. It features inconsistent baseline and cap heights so as you type the characters seem to dance.
Citro is fun and not too serious. It’s perfect for both vintage-inspired and contemporary branding, marketing, packaging, and much more. If you’re looking to create a bold impact with a retro flare, then Citro is for you!
5. Let’s Jazz
Let’s Jazz is a playful typeface inspired by iconic mid-century American advertising and lettering. This 1950s font offers two versions; each contains more than 450 glyphs and includes some neat ligatures and alternates plus the old style bouncy numerals.
6. Santoro Script
Santoro Script is a fun, happy text created with a triumphant attitude and adds a spontaneous, friendly feel to any design. This 1950s font contains at least three versions of every letter and Stylistic Alternates and ligatures.
8. Oilvare Font Family
Go back to the ‘good ol’ days’ in this bold offering from Adam Ladd. Featuring 18 fonts you can layer and color to create all kinds of styles, this is one type family you won’t want to be without.
9. Cartograph CF
A 1950s font type with character and warmth, Cartograph is a handsome font family featuring lush, code-friendly ligatures and a proportional set accessible via OpenType. A tribute to the practical beauty of terminals and typewriters features eight weights, true italics, and nearly 850 glyphs.
Hucklebuck is a retro, upright script with a happy–go–lucky feel. Done in the style of hand-painted sign lettering, the 1950s font contains basic OpenType features and support for Latin-based and most Eastern European languages.
11. Retro Diner
Looking for the ultimate tribute to the roaring decade? Then this cut-out typeface by Kitaleigh is for you. It’s perfect for logos, labels, signage, and even web pages.
This gem from Jordan Wilson can either be vintage or modern – depending on how you use it. Featuring 3 styles (Regular, Italic, Inked) to choose from, it’s a must-have in every smart designer’s toolkit.
14. Nacho Script Pro
Whether it’s travel, food, business, or lifestyle, you want a font that can keep up. Good thing this typeface by Vastago Studio is not only beautiful, it’s also super versatile.
15. Galindo Pro
Geometric and eccentric, this heavyweight typeface is for fun-loving folks who need a break from the usual.
16. Irish Grover Pro
Be ready to play in this wacky, kid-inspired font designed by Neapolitan Type. With contextual characters, built-in ligatures, and alternates, crafting the perfect fun project is now just clicks away!
17. Sacramento Pro Family
Inspired by the monoline, hand-lettered brochures of the 50s, this sophisticated yet exuberant script is available in Regular, Slim, and Stout to help you create beautiful, old-style invitations, posters, logos, ads, and more.
18. CA Recape Regular
Instantly make the right statement using this calligraphy-style font from Cape Arcona Type Foundry. It includes seamless swashes, stylistic alternates, and helpful ligatures.
Nothing evokes the feel of the city more than the right script. And this one from Michael Doret is all about seamless sophistication. Versatile, flawless, and ever functional, feel free to use it as well on sports or metro themes.
20. Boy Detective
Working on a mystery novel or a kiddie illustration? Then this quirky hand-drawn serif by Turncoat Studio is right for you. Slim but very dynamic, it’s the best partner for any project that needs something offbeat.
21. Jumbuck Sans
Feel like you’ve purchased 2 fonts in one when you get this sans/script typeface from Missy Meyer. Use uppercase letters for tall skinny looks, and the lowercase for a fun, script-like design. Or why not jumble them together for a truly unique result!
23. Andre’s Diner
24. CA Spy Royal
Inspired by Japan Airlines ads around 1954, this font comes in 6 styles, including Shadow and Shadow Line, to add pizzazz to any vintage project.
25. Horseshoes & Lemonade
Lauren Ashpole proudly presents this lettering that is available in two nifty styles – one with cut-out designs, and one without. It will look great on banners, ads, signage, labels, or even apparel!
For those who can’t get enough of everything retro, try this gem from Unio. Featuring imperfect edges to give your designs that authentic handwritten feel, the pack also includes cool 50s-inspired illustrations.
27. Swung Note
Swing your way to better custom-made projects using this lively typeface by PintassilgoPrints. With changing letters based on what ligatures you use, it will be a sweet surprise every time.
29. Whirly Birdie
This new-and-improved uppercase retro sans by Skyhaven Fonts is the playful answer to titles, headlines, posters, and banners. Enjoy it today by alternating between small and uppercase letters in your text.
30. Turismo CF
31. Les Paul Font Family
Say hello to a new addition in your toolkit. This font family by Vintage Voyage D.S. with cool retro extras and 7 layer styles is everything you need to effortlessly make 50s style posters, cards, labels, signs, and more.
32. Palm Canyon Drive
Go back to a time of Hollywood glamor and romantic sunset drives in this nostalgic monoline script, inspired by California during the 50s. With catchwords, numerals, and symbols, this classy typeface will never go out of style.
33. Purple Purse Pro
Drawing inspiration from a 50s Ivory soap ad, Stiggy and Sands brings to you this casual typeface that’s always ready to perk up your designs. It includes ordinals, plus a full set of inferiors and superiors to create limitless fractions!
34. Luckiest Guy Pro
Inspired by a Lucky Strike ad from the 50s, this plump font will stand out wherever you decide to use it. Hardworking but still light-hearted, it will go great on banners, editorials, magazines, ads, and posters.
This type family from Fenotype includes a friendly sans as well as a lovely script. With Regular and Bold styles each, feel free to experiment until you get your desired result. Use in branding, labels, social media images, and more!
36. Cornhusker Regular
Remember the vast yellow cornfields in the heat of summer? This strapping condensed font from Section Type is reminiscent of that. Use this on modern labels or on vintage logos to evoke those charming summer fields of someone’s childhood.
Let this bold all-caps font by Ayca Atalay remind you not to take life too seriously. With 2 clever styles (Regular and Distressed), this is one typeface you can always count on.
38. Rockabilly Romance – a 1950s Script Font
Rockabilly Romance is a rebellious script font from Wingsart Studio inspired by 1950s Americana. It’s designed to evoke the feel of bustling retro diners, drive-in movies and a Rock ’n’ Roll attitude. It features fast curves with a hand-made free-flowing style, plus an alternative version with added lipstick gloss.
Standard features include unique uppercase and lowercase characters, punctuation, language support and numerals. It also includes underlines and lots of special ligatures and alternative characters to experiment with.
The Rockabilly Romance font is particularly suited to bold displays such as menu headers, posters, movie titles and album covers. The possibilities are endless because this is such a versatile and quirky font.
39. Fifties Typeface
Fifties Typeface is a Retro Serif Display Typeface that is inspired by many vintage novel covers back from the 1950s. Included in this funky font package are TTF, OTF, and web font capabilities, and with such an attractive design and shape, you can use this retro font for so much more than a 1950s or vintage-themed event.
Atomicaboy is a geometric script font. Re-interpretation inspired by atomic age power tool lettering and chromed emblems of 50s. The Atomicaboy script makes full use of modern technology. Just turn on automatic ligatures and watch how each letter pair always connect perfectly.
41. Bandakala Script
Influenced by 50s apparel, this retro script from Tanziladd also has a modern feeling to it, thanks to its ligatures and swashes. For use in programs like Adobe Indesign, Adobe Illustrator, and Photoshop.
42. Bailamore Font (FREE)
With strong outlines and fat strokes, this captivating lettering from 38.lineart will bring you back to the decade of rock n’ roll, family dinners, and revolutionary TV programs!
43. Better Hobby Display Font (FREE)
44. Soda Fountain (FREE)
Inspired by 1950s diner typography, this font from Tanner Puzio is smooth as soft drink and bursting with flavor!
45. Oferta do Dia (FREE)
Go back to a time when you can hear Elvis on the radio, and you and your friends are driving to a soda shop. Let this retro typeface from Eduardo Ramalho give you that.
46. Ayuenda Shadow (FREE)
47. Lead (FREE)
Don’t underestimate this fancy serif from Imagex. The blocky concept is perfect for making titles, labels, ads, and headlines stand out.
48. MADE Cannes (FREE)
Inspired by the art deco style, MadeType recommends you combine between uppercase and lowercase letters to create interesting effects!
49. Risque Font (FREE)
With influences from the title screen of the 1962 Looney Toons cartoon ‘Martian through Georgia’, this retro typeface from Astigmatic One Eye Typographic Institute is an all-around hard worker.
50. Will Robinson Font (FREE)