What is a Filmotype?

Originally sold in the 1950s, the Filmotype was a simple manually operated photo typesetting machine (the iMac of the 1950s) and it used 2-inch filmstrips with over 500 amazing display alphabets so the user could set headlines on photo paper or film. Filmotype eventually went on to become Alphatype until the Mac came along in 1984 and POOF! No more photo typesetting!

After two years of exhaustive research, the Font Diner has acquired this amazing photo film alphabet collection and will begin digitizing and releasing these wonderful gems of 1950s lettering as digital fonts in the coming months! Want to be the first kid on your block to get your hands on these beauties? Head to the Filmotype website and sign up to be notified when the new goods are released!

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