Historical type from Three Islands Press
Historical Fonts Historical Fonts
Old penmanship and handwriting fonts
 OLD MAP FONTS:
Antiquarian
Antiquarian Scribe
Terra Ignota
 HISTORICAL PENS:
Abigail Adams
American Scribe
Botanical Scribe
Douglass Pen
Emily Austin
Houston Pen
Lamar Pen
Military Scribe
Lamar Pen
Remsen Script
Schooner Script
Texas Hero
 ANTIQUE TEXTS:
Attic Antique
Bonsai
Broadsheet
Castine
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 CREDITS, &C.
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The text face used here (as well as elsewhere) is Broadsheet™. The home page letters are set in Emily Austin™ & Lamar Pen™. All typefaces referenced on this website—Abigail Adams™, American Scribe™, Antiquarian™, Antiquarian Scribe™, Attic Antique™, Bonsai™, Botanical Scribe™, Broadsheet™, Castine™, Douglass Pen™, Emily Austin™, Houston Pen™, Lamar Pen™, Military Scribe™, Old Man Eloquent™, Remsen Script™, Schooner Script™, Terra Ignota™ & Texas Hero™—are the intellectual property of Three Islands Press (copyright ©1994–2015). For site licensing contact:

   Three Islands Press
   P.O. Box 1092
   Rockport ME 04856 USA
   (207) 596-6768
   info@oldfonts.com

 

Historical Fonts
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Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I try before I buy?
2. How will I receive my font(s)?
3. Which format should I use?
4. How do I install my font(s)?
5. May I install my font(s) on more than one computer?
6. How about installation by multiple users or at more than one location?
7. Aren’t your typefaces available as webfonts?
8. What about emedding? May I embed in PDFs, in smart phone apps, elsewhere?
9. What if I’m unhappy with my purchase—can I get my money back?
10. Who designed these things, anyway?
11. What would it cost to turn my great-aunt’s handwriting into a font?
12. I’d like to include a font credit—how shall I word it?


1. How do I try before I buy?
We offer two ways to try out our fonts before purchasing a license. The quickest and easiest? Simply visit our Type Tester page, choose the font (and style) you wish to play with and the background you’d like to see it against, then type yourself silly! If you wish to run a test in an application, you may also download and install a demo of any of our fonts—but these have only upper- and lowercase characters and lack both the “E” and “e”. If you have trouble or questions about either option, please feel free to send email to info@oldfonts.com or give us a call at (207) 596-6768.

2. How will I receive my font(s)?
Since our secure checkout system uses real-time credit card authorizations, you’ll be able to download your font(s) immediately upon successfull completion of your order. The final page in our checkout sequence will have a download link for each font you’ve ordered. You should also receive an email message (from orders@oldfonts.com*) with a link to your personal download page that’ll be accessible for 48 hours after your order. Beyond this time, you may contact us directly in the event you ever lose copies of any font whose license you’ve purchased here. Please feel free to call us at (207) 596-6768 or send email to orders@oldfonts.com. (*If you don’t receive email confirmation, please check your spam/junk folder—and consider adding this address to your approved sender list.)

3. Which format should I use?
All our typefaces come with plenty of OpenType features, and we now deliver both PostScript-flavored and TrueType-flavored OpenType formats within our font packages. Either will work just fine in any modern operating system. Although we personally use the former format, for regular folks who haven’t the foggiest understanding of font formats, I generally suggest that Windows users install TrueType-flavored OpenType (extension .ttf) and Mac users install PostScript-flavored (extension .otf). For more detailed info about formats, go here.

4. How do I install my font(s)?
If you’re using a recent operating system, you should be able to install by simply finding the proper file (the one with an extension of either .otf or .ttf, depending on which format you prefer) and double-clicking its icon. But here’s some more specific info:
Windows OS (XP, Vista, Seven):
Your font(s) will be delivered within a .zip archive, which you’ll first need to "unzip." Double-click the file and extract its contents* to a place you will remember. From there, your installation options will depend on your version of Windows. Standard installation:
1. Choose START → Control Panel, and access your “Fonts” folder, where you’ll see all your installed fonts.
2. From the “File” menu, choose “Install New Font”; within the navigation dialog go to the place where you extracted your font(s), and they’ll appear in the list. (Be sure “Copy fonts to Fonts folder” is checked.)
3. Highlight the font(s) and click “OK.”
For a full list of TrueType installation options, visit Microsoft Typography.
Macintosh OS X:
Your font(s) will be delivered within a .zip archive, whose contents you’ll first need to extract. Double-click the file to extract its contents* to a place you will remember. If your version of Mac OS X has the Font Book utility, you might wish to use this application for installation; if you use a font-management utility like Extensis Suitcase or Font Agent Pro, follow the instructions in the manual. Otherwise, you may simply drag either the .otf or .ttf file (not both!) into your Library → Fonts folder.
*Note about file archives:
If your OS will not open the .zip file, you’ll likely have to install free decompression software like WinZip or StuffIt Expander.
Important note: Do not install more than one format of the same font on your computer.

5. May I install my font(s) on more than one computer?
Yes, once you pay the basic license fee, our standard End User License Agreement (EULA) lets you install your font(s) on up to five (5) CPUs—computers, printers, etc.—at one location. Plus, you may make a backup copy. Note also that our EULA permits you to send copies of your font(s) to a printer or service bureau—but only for use on individual jobs of yours. After the printer/service bureau’s staff outputs your work, they must then delete the font(s) from their system(s). (Of course they may always buy a license of their own and use the font themselves for any job.) Please see our EULA for full license limitations.

6. How about installation by multiple users or at more than one location?
We offer a sliding-scale fee schedule for multiple-user licenses at one location. When ordering, simply enter the total number of CPUs you intend for installation, and our checkout system will automatically calculate the license fee. (The maximum number you may enter is 295 CPUs, whose fee is the same as an unlimited site license.) To install your font(s) at fixed computers in more than one location, you must buy a separate license for each location. (For regional or worldwide licenses, please contact us directly via email, at info@oldfonts.com, or phone, at (207) 596-6768.) Please see our EULA for full license limitations.

7. Aren’t your typefaces available as webfonts?
Absolutely! However, we don’t currently sell these directly. So to purchase a webfont license for any of our fonts, please consider one of our distributors, e.g., Fontspring or MyFonts.

8. What about emedding? May I embed in PDFs, smart phone apps, elsewhere?
Our standard End User License Agreement (EULA) does not permit embedding of our copyrighted font data such that it’s possible for unlicensed parties to capture that data and recreate our typefaces—although this does not typically concern routine PDF distribution. (Subsetting is OK.) If you wish to use one of our fonts in an eBook or smartphone app or game, we’ll be glad to quote you a price for a license—simply send your inquiry to info@oldfonts.com or give us a call at (207) 596-6768.

9. What if I’m unhappy with my purchase—can I get my money back?
Yes, of course! We want only happy customers. If our fonts don’t meet your expectations—or you’re unsatisfied with your purchase for any reason—simply get in touch with us, and we’ll credit your account in the amount of the purchase price. (We’ll also ask that you delete any of our font data from your computer and/or other equipment.) Just give us a call at (207) 596-6768 or send email to orders@oldfonts.com.

10. Who designed these things, anyway?
Some guy named Brian Willson.

11. What would it cost to turn my great-grandmother’s handwriting into a font?
It ain’t easy—at least not the way we do it. Each character in a font takes at least an hour or two to design and refine; all characters must be tweaked and adjusted to look good together; often, you’ve got to endure the indescribable tedium of creating hundreds (or thousands) of kerning pairs. And when you consider that—counting alphabets, punctuation, accents and diacriticals, ligatures and other glyphs—a professional typeface has more than 200 characters (often many more)... Let’s just say the time adds up. Short answer: it’d cost a whole lot of money to turn your great-aunt’s handwriting into a font. That is, unless we like it enough to want to sell the font as a member of our type library, in which case it’s free, and you’ll get complementary copies of all our typefaces. (We’d have to retain ownership of the font, however.)

12. I’d like to include a font credit—how shall I word it?
First, thank you! Font credits are encouraging and appreciated. You might, for example, use something like: “Lamar Pen™ was designed in 2003 by Brian Willson of Three Islands Press (
3IP).” (If you don’t know the year, feel free to send us email.) Please also let us know how/where you’ve used the font—and thanks very much again!

Antiquarian Scribe

Abigail Adams American Scribe Botanical Scribe Douglass Pen Emily Austin Houston Pen

Lamar Pen Military Scribe Old Man Eloquent Remsen Script Schooner Script Texas Hero

Antiquarian Antiquarian Scribe Attic Antique Bonsai Broadsheet Castine

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 KIND WORDS:

“I think this font is amazing. It is incredibly beautiful and in my opinion looks very authentic.”
—E.H., Brookline MA

“Your fonts are gorgeous, and in particular, your handwriting fonts are the best I've ever seen.”
—J.H., Witny, Oxfordshire, England

“The fonts you offer are quite unique and beautifully done.... Your site and ecommerce process was also a pleasure to view and to use.”
—R.M., Newbury NH

“I took one look at American Scribe and knew it was the Declaration of Independence before reading the ad copy. You captured it perfectly.”
—B.P., Marietta OH

“Your period-style handwriting fonts remain the very best I've ever found. Thanks for your most excellent contributions to American typography!”
—A.L., Los Angeles CA

“I have never encountered such fine and detailed work in a handwritten font before. I heartily applaud your attention to detail and historical accuracy.”
—J.W., Seattle WA

“The Lamar Pen font is divine. We are using it on a novel set in the eighteenth century,