Old newspapers have beautiful typefaces, don’t they?
You probably already have several timeless fonts on your computer that can be used for newspaper body text, like Century Schoolbook, or titles, like Franklin Gothic (see fonts commonly used in newspaper design). So I tried to choose some fonts that were a little different. And free.
Also see: Bold Title Fonts
Free Paper Backgrounds
Old Paper Texture Backgrounds - There are several different backgrounds available. Note: After I clicked “download,” I had to right-click to save the image to my computer.
Free Newspaper Fonts
Hand Shop Typography No. 20 - uppercase letters only
Pathway Gothic - also looks good in all caps
Playfair Display - lots of styles included; I used Playfair Display SC Italic
Heavyweight - Note to Mac users: I had to select the Windows download to get the TTF version.
Old Newspaper Font
Goudy Bookletter 1911 - This font has dropped style numbers and a beautiful “&” symbol:
Latin Modern Roman - LOTS of styles are included in this download. I used the Dunhill style, which has taller uppercase letters. In Latin Modern Roman Caps, I like how the letters aren’t perfectly aligned:
Latin Modern Mono - LOTS of styles are included in this download; I used Condensed Light
Old Seals - includes several old library and date stamps:
And for help installing fonts, see the instructions on Font Squirrel.
I hope you enjoy the fonts!