Copperplate Gothic

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Copperplate Gothic Light
CoppGothicSpec.svg
CategorySerif
Designer(s)Frederic W. Goudy
FoundryAmerican Type Founders
Date released1901
Re-issuing foundriesLinotype
 
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Not to be confused with Copperplate script.
Copperplate Gothic Light
CoppGothicSpec.svg
CategorySerif
Designer(s)Frederic W. Goudy
FoundryAmerican Type Founders
Date released1901
Re-issuing foundriesLinotype

Copperplate Gothic is a typeface designed by Frederic W. Goudy and released by the American Type Founders (ATF) in 1901. While termed a "Gothic" (another term for sans-serif), the face has small glyphic serifs that act to emphasize the blunt terminus of vertical and horizontal strokes. The typeface shows an unusual combination of influences: the glyphs are reminiscent of stone carving, the wide horizontal axis is typical of Victorian display types, yet the result is far cleaner and leaves a crisp impression in letterpress or offset printing.

The typeface is most often used in stationery, for social printing, and is classically seen acid-etched into glass on the doors of law offices, banks and restaurants. This typeface was also used on the Universal Pictures logo from 1997 until 2012.

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