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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
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™, Antiqueacribe™, Attic Antique™, Bonsai™, Botanical Scribe™, Broadsheet™, Castine™, Douglass Pen™, Emily Austin™, Houston Pen™, Lamar Pen™, Old Man Eloquent™, Remsen Script™, Schooner Script™, Terra Ignota™ & Texas Hero™—are the intellectual property of Three Islands Press (copyright ©1994–2014). For site licensing contact:

   Three Islands Press
   P.O. Box 442
   Rockland ME 04841 USA
   (207) 596-6768
   info@oldfonts.com

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which format should I order?
2. How quickly will I receive my fonts?
3. How do I install my font(s)?
4. May I install my fonts on more than one computer?
5. How about installation by multiple users or at more than one location?
6. May I take copies of my fonts to a printer/service bureau?
7. What about emedding? May I embed in PDFs, on the Web, elsewhere?
8. I’m having trouble downloading/installing a demo—what should I do?
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?

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1. Which format should I order?
If you have a recent operating system, OpenType is the format we’d recommend; if you’re a casual Mac or PC user and haven’t the foggiest understanding of font formats (i.e., you just want your fonts to work), TrueType should certainly work well for you. In any case, since your license allows use of a font in any format, please just get in touch if you ever require a different one. For more detailed info about formats, go here.

2. How quickly will I receive my font(s)?
Since our secure checkout system uses real-time credit card authorizations, you should 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 that includes a link to a page that will give you access to your font(s) for the next 48 hours. Beyond this time, you may contact us directly in the event you ever lose copies of the font(s) whose license(s) 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 add this address to your approved sender list.)

3. How do I install my font(s)?
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 either 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 open your hard disk and drag the contents of the archive(s) to 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.
Note: Do not install more than one format of the same font on your computer.

4. 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. You may also make a backup copy. Please see our EULA for full license limitations.

5. 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.

6. May I send copies of my font(s) to a printer/service bureau?
Our End User License Agreement (EULA) permits you to send copies of your font(s) to a printer/service bureau—but only for use on individual jobs of yours. After the printer/service bureau’s staffers output 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.

7. What about emedding? May I embed in PDFs, on the Web, elsewhere?
Our 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. This does not typically concern routine PDF distribution. (Subsetting is OK.) In any event, we’ll be glad to review embedding requests on a case-by-case basis—simply send your inquiry to info@oldfonts.com or give us a call at (207) 596-6768. Please see our EULA for full license limitations.

8. I’m having trouble downloading/installing a demo—what should I do?
If you’re having trouble installing a demo you’ve successfully downloaded, please consult our installation FAQ. If you can’t download the demo in the first place, please send email 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?
For example: “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 for the credit!

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