What Is a Victorian Font?

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    What Is a Victorian Font?

    Fonts are typefaces consisting of letters, numbers and symbols. Long ago, fonts were created from wood blocks, inked and transferred to paper. These days, there are hundreds of fonts and styles of lettering available on your computer. The Victorian font is a late-19th-century creation.

    Victorian letters and numbers are ornate (horloge font blanc image by photlook from Fotolia.com)

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    Victorian Era

    Victorian fonts reflect the fashions and styles of the times. The late 19th century found Victorian women in lavish gowns carrying parasols. The Victorian font is lavish as well.

    Victorian style is lavish (a Victorian palette image by Stormy Ward from Fotolia.com)

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    Victorian fonts are not all the same, but they are similar. Ornate scrolls, letters within line shading and floral flourishes are hallmarks of Victorian fonts.

    Victorian fonts are sometimes curly and flowerlike (abstract floral background image by Tolchik from Fotolia.com)

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    Art Nouveau

    Art Nouveau fonts are similar to Victorian fonts, and someone using them may not notice the difference. Created from 1880 through the 1940s, Art Nouveau fonts can be thick or thin in addition to heavily scrolled, similar to Victorian fonts.

    Art Nouveau resembles Victorian style (decoration of the wall image by GeoM from Fotolia.com)

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    Exaggerated Shapes

    Black lettering outlined in white is a classic Victorian font. Letters that are stretched very tall also indicate Victorian. Serifs, which are placed as small circles or loops on font letters, are highly decorative.

    Looped handwriting looks Victorian (Victorian Welcome image by Allyson Ricketts from Fotolia.com)

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    Victorian fonts can be blended with other fonts to create unique variations. Some examples are Victorian Gothic, Victorian elegant, Victorian willowy and Victorian delicate.

    Gothic Victorian letters (gothic letters image by Dovile Butvilaite from Fotolia.com)

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