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Beautiful Fonts from Ages Gone By. (Eat Your Heart Out, Helvetica!)

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“Spare a serif?”
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From simple to ornate, from angular to curvy, from lines to ribbons, go way beyond Helvetica with these samples from The Book of Ornamental Alphabets.

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1. 8th and 9th centuries:

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2. 10th century:

3. 11th century:

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4. 13th century:

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5. 14th century:

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6. 15th and 16th centuries:

7. 16th century:

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8. 16th century:

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9. 16th century:

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10. 17th century:

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