Return to Period Fonts
Why 1450 as the starting point? That was when Gutenberg, by developing moveable tye, brought printing to the masses. Some of the serif fonts developed during this period can be found under Oldstyle Serif, which were some of the first, and Transitional Serif fonts, which started showing up in the 17th century.
This particular page separates out those fonts that aren't serifs, primarly script fonts that remind me of those used to write the Declaration of Independence and other radical documents.
Why 1850 as the end point? It's a bit arbitrary, but around that time, the industrial revolution started going strong, and printing presses were powered by something other than by hand or by waterwheel. Styles changed faster, and lots more fonts were created that reflected those changes. If you don't see your favorite, send