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The Collection

The Library of Antique & Vintage Stencil Type

Old stencil lettering are an often overlooked part of our past and heritage. This is inevitably due to the ephemeral nature of things like packaging. Stencil markings on machinery, vehicles, industrial equipment and buildings often last for decades.

There are more and more people who like to use these typesfaces. Old stencils tools are often used as decorative objects and manual stencil cutting machines are lovingly restored.

Stencils fonts are often used in adverts, not because they are »beautiful«, but because they remind us of a time that has »just« passed — and of course they are eye-catching.

Historic vehicles, decals and props should use the correct marking design.

Our collection of fonts was created using historic stencil tools. Choose from an authentic variety of designs, periods, and countries — choose from the best vintage stencil font collection available. Especially if you need a historically correct font for your project. Or if you are a fan of these vintage typefaces like we are.

All our fonts can be cut with modern digital cutting systems. They have only a few Bezier points for optimal cutting results.

— Have fun.

 

Stencil Machines, United States, USA

The world's four stencil machine companies were founded in the United States. They were located in close proximity to each other in St. Louis, MO. and Belleville, IL.

US Ordnance Office
Vtg Stencil Bradley 075 >>> Bradley stencil machine, ¾", 1894 — 1936 - - - WWI, WWII



For Better Marking
Vtg Stencil Diag-B 087 >>> Diagraph stencil machine, 7/8", since 1903 - - - WWI, WWII, Korean War ... still in use



Marking Export Freight
Vtg Stencil Diag-B 175 >>> Diagraph stencil machine, 1.75", since about 1917 - - - WWI, WWII, Korean War ... still in use



NAVY SUPPLY CORPS GROUP
Vtg Stencil Ideal No.1 >>> IDEAL No.1 stencil machine, 1", since 1913 - - - WWI, WWII, Korean War ... still in use



MARSH Fountain Brush
Vtg Stencil Marsh >>> Marsh stencil machine, Model R (late version), 1", ca. 1980
Earlier machines used a more sharp edged type design (punches and dies) and the letter B looks different. These machines have been in use since the middle of the 1920s.





United States, USA



George Mayer Wilson

American Stencil Roman
Vtg Stencil US No.1 >>> upper case > based on Reeses stencil plates, 1", since 1876
Vtg Stencil US No.1 >>> lower case > stencil disc by New York Stencil Works, ½", since 1868
The lower case letters are rarely used, but can sometimes be seen on custom stencil tools.
This design, based on Clarendon Bold, has been popular since the 1850s. - - - American Old West, Cvivil War, WWI, WWII,




M&K Fancy Apples

American Stencil Roman
Vtg Stencil US No.2 >>> Reeses (now Hanson) adjustable stencil plates, 1", since 1876,
This design, based on Clarendon Bold, has been popular since the 1850s. - - - American Old West, Cvivil War, WWI, WWII




Pure Gold Brand

American Stencil Roman
Vtg Stencil US No.4 >>> stencil disc, New York Stencil Works, 1", 1868-1920 - - - American Old West, Cvivil War, WWI,




Mobil Oil Company
Vtg Stencil US No.51 >>> interlocking (adjustable) stencil plates, General Stencils Inc, N.Y., 1", ca. 1940s



Passific American Fishers Inc.
Vtg Stencil US No.72 >>> interlocking stencil plates, US Army package, 2", ca. 1960s till today




Great Britain, UK



Dockyard, Isle of Sheppey
Vtg Stencil UK No.76 >>> interlocking stencil plates, 2", ca. 1960s till today



Made in England
Vtg Stencil UK No.2 >>> interlocking stencil plates, 1", ca. 1900 - 1950s




Germany



Bauhaus, Design Thinking
Vtg Stencil DIN >>> stencil plates, 40 mm, ca. 1940s till today --- WWII



Lager 2, Trafo A, 120A
Vtg Stencil DIN Type A >>> 1940 - ca. 1970s, rarely used --- WWII



Friedrich W. Nietzsche
Vtg Stencil Germany No.1 >>> stencil paltes, August Mentel, Berlin, 25 mm, 1871 - 1917, very common --- WWI



Heidi - Childrens Fiction
Vtg Stencil Germany No.101 >>> stencil paltes, 25 mm, unkown origin, Bavaria, ca. 1900




France



Champ de Mars, Paris
Vtg Stencil France No.1 >>> stencil plates, 35 mm, ca. 1830s till today



Braque & Picasso
Vtg Stencil France No.3 >>> stencil plates, 70 mm, ca. 1850s till today, very popular



Jean-Bap. Poquelin
Vtg Stencil France No.5 >>> hand made stencil plates, 80 mm, ca. 1850s
A unique example of many of the pre-industrial stencil tools made in France.





Italy



Frutti di mare pregiati
Vtg Stencil Italy No.2 >>> stencil plates, 60 mm, ca. 1930s till today