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Festival of Britain

Contributed by Stephen Coles on Apr 29th, 2013. Artwork published in 1951.
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Festival Titling was designed by Phillip Boydell and cut by Monotype in 1950 as the official display face for the Festival of Britain, a national exhibition held throughout the United Kingdom in the summer of 1951. The typeface was used for all official Festival announcements and was made available for general use in 1952.

A shadowed fat face (or lettering?) usually accompanied the Festival logo, representing the year. I don’t know it, but Ingeborg Block, an unrelated contemporary typeface, is similar.

The Festival of Britain was organised by the government to give Britons a feeling of recovery in the aftermath of war and to promote the British contribution to science, technology, industrial design, architecture and the arts.

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This 16 page guide, designed by the London Press Exchange, features the Festival Star motif by Abram Games.

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This pamplet uses an inline version of Festival Titling.

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Source: http://www.flickr.com. Image via Robert Pool’s Glasgow Collection. License: All Rights Reserved.
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