ITC American Typewriter® Std

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Minimum system requirements
Font installation
Family information
Release Notes
Known issues
Customer care
Other resources

Minimum system requirements



Font installation

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Family information


The typewriter was patented in 1868 by Christopher Latham Sholes, who sold his rights to the Remington Arms Company in 1873. The first typewriters were initially thought to be replacements for printing and so typewriter keybars utilized printing types; monospaced typefaces, that is, those designed so every letter takes up the same amount of space were a more practical alternative and soon replaced printing types. Monospaced designs are still in use as typewriter typefaces today. In 1974, Joel Kaden and Tony Stan adapted the friendliness and immediacy of typewriter letter styles into a proportionally spaced typeface, ITC American Typewriter. ITC American Typewriter can be used for business correspondence or in any work that requires an old-fashioned, personal look. The “A” faces are identical to the regular ones, except for alternate versions of the following characters: &, $, R, e.

Menu Names And Style Linking

In many Windows® applications, instead of every font appearing on the menu, fonts are grouped into style-linked sets, and only the name of the base style font for a set is shown in the menu. The italic and the bold weight fonts of the set (if any) are not shown in the font menu, but can still be accessed by selecting the base style font, and then using the italic and bold style buttons. In this family, such programs will show only the following base style font names in the menu:

American Typewriter Std Cn
American Typewriter Std Lt
American Typewriter Std Lt Cn
American Typewriter Std Med

The other fonts in this family must be selected by choosing a menu name and then a style option following the guide below.

Menu Name plus Style Option... selects this font
American Typewriter Std Cn [none] ITC American Typewriter Std Condensed
American Typewriter Std Cn Bold ITC American Typewriter Std Bold Condensed
American Typewriter Std Lt [none] ITC American Typewriter Std Light
American Typewriter Std Lt Cn [none] ITC American Typewriter Std Light Condensed
American Typewriter Std Med [none] ITC American Typewriter Std Medium
American Typewriter Std Med Bold ITC American Typewriter Std Bold

On the Mac OS, although each font appears as a separate entry on the font menu, users may also select fonts by means of style links. Selecting a base style font and then using the style links (as described above for Windows) enhances cross-platform document compatibility with many applications, such as Microsoft® Word and Adobe PageMaker®, although it is unnecessary with more sophisticated Adobe applications such as recent versions of Illustrator®, Photoshop® or InDesign®.

One should not, however, select a base font which has no style-linked variant, and then use the bold or italic styling button. Doing so will either have no effect, or result in programmatic bolding or slanting of the base font, which will usually produce inferior screen and print results.

Release Notes

For all fonts of family ITC American Typewriter Std: version 2.020 created on Wed Jun 13 17:58:24 2007.

version 2.020 created 2007/06/13

version 1.040 created 2002/10/12

Known issues

Customer care

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