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“2 Tones for That Great Illusion!” page in Frederick’s of Hollywood catalogue 1972

Contributed by Christopher Bentley on Feb 6th, 2022. Artwork published in
circa 1972
“2 Tones for That Great Illusion!” page in Frederick’s of Hollywood catalogue 1972
Source: Scan: J.J. Englender at Adsausage. License: All Rights Reserved.

With the very kind permission of J.J. Englender at Adsausage I am able to make a third font use contribution under Davison Arabesque, this example thereof appearing on page 59 of a 1972 catalogue by Frederick’s of Hollywood. Sadly, unlike my two previous contributions related to Davison Arabesque, Of Course You Can Sew! and Diabolus, this is not in mixed cases, but it still is a fairly eye-catching example of its use.

Frederick’s of Hollywood (founded in 1947 by the inventor of the push-up bra, Frederick Mellinger) no longer exists as a chain of physical stores (as of 2015). However, in a sort of tribute to its catalogues, it still exists as an online only store at It is notable, though, that Frederick’s has apparently abandoned the outerwear market that it clearly occupied at the time of this catalogue.

The artwork for the catalogues was provided by Dorothy Kahn (1922–2000), about whom one can read more at KahnArt on Zazzle.


  • Filmotype Vigus
  • Univers
  • Theme




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4 Comments on ““2 Tones for That Great Illusion!” page in Frederick’s of Hollywood catalogue 1972”

  1. Thanks, Christopher!

    All smaller type on this page is set on an IBM Selectric Composer, using their adaptation of Univers and, for “100% Money Back Guarantee”, the exclusive Theme.

  2. Thanks!

    I think Lizzie Bramlett at The Vintage Traveler will love this when I tell her about it, with it involving vintage fashion.

  3. So far, we had merged Davison Arabesque and Filmotype Vigus into one typeface entry. Both are phototype interpretations of an untitled “poster and sign card alphabet” by J.M. Bergling shown in his Art Alphabets & Lettering (1914). I now decided to give Vigus an entry of its own.

    This version originated at Filmotype in or before 1970, and also was known as Unicorn. Unlike Davison Arabesque (PLINC, 1968), it doesn’t have a lowercase. Vigus is also distinguished by a few details. Most strikingly, the gaps in A B R are smaller, S has a smaller top aperture, J doesn’t descend below the baseline, and its K has a curved arm and a hooked leg. The font used for the catalog page shown here hence is Vigus, not Arabesque.

    Glyph set of Vigus AKA Unicorn as shown in Berthold’s E1 catalog from 1974, with Filmotype credits

    For comparison: a one-line sample for Davison Arabesque as shown in Pyschedelitypes (Alphabet Directions No. 8), Photo-Lettering, Inc., 1968. See especially the differences in A, B, and S. Scan: Stephen Coles (CC BY-NC-SA)

  4. Thanks for pointing this out, Florian. I was wondering what had happened to that font use contribution with it appearing under a different font now, but I can see those differences on closer inspection. It’s all part of the education of being a 'Fonts In Use’ contributor!

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