Puneet Varma

Eagle (typeface)

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Category  Sans-serif
Re-issuing foundries  Font Bureau
Designer(s)  Morris Fuller Benton
Eagle (typeface)
Commissioned by  National Recovery Association
Foundry  American Type Founders (ATF)

Eagle is a font family that is based on '"Eagle Bold", introduced by American Type Founders in 1934.

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History

"Eagle Bold" derives from the usage of the letters "NRA" from the font Novel Gothic in the original design of the Blue Eagle logo of the National Recovery Association. When the design was accepted it was found that the other letters in Novel Gothic were "too eccentric" for use on government posters, and so a new, simpler face was designed by Morris Fuller Benton, the co-designer of Novel Gothic, for use on NRA materials. Naturally, it was named for the NRA eagle. It was an all-capitals display font, cast in sizes from 18 to 96 point, and was available at least into the 1940s.

The Font Bureau copied this font in 1989 and published lower-case letters for it. In 1990, "Eagle Book" was added to the family for starting text. "Eagle Light" and "Eagle Black" were added to the family in 1994, thus completing the series.

Fame

This font family has gained fame throughout the 1930s when "Eagle Bold" became a huge hit. This font family has even inspired the Turner broadcasting company to use the Eagle Bold font for two logos created for one of their 24-hour cartoon channels (Cartoon Network), until May 29, 2010.

References

Eagle (typeface) Wikipedia


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