Font or technique needed to recreate newspaper article from 1873

I work for an animal shelter that traces its history back to 1873. With the help of the local library, my colleagues and I were able to find the original newspaper article that discussed the initial organizing meeting. The microfilm image is not very legible. You can view the image here:

We would like to reproduce this clipping in our marketing materials, and we may want to turn it into a plaque for display in our lobby. Rather than trying to tweak the article using digital re-touching, I am interested in the possibility of re-typing it from scratch. But I still want it to look authentic (in other words, the font should not be too “crisp” — it should still look like an old newspaper article). Ideally, the font should closely resemble the actual font used in the original article.

There is no budget for this project, so I basically have to do it myself. I’m not a graphic artist. If anyone can point me in the right direction, I’d be grateful. Thanks so much.


This is a newspaper, not a typescript, so rather than a monospaced typewriter font you will need something like Scotch Roman. Of the list at that link, Mercantile Display or Inflex Bold may work for the heading; Century Expanded for the body text.

I suspect that a distressed font of the right period will be difficult to find, so you will need to follow Scott’s advice about that effect.

Source : Link , Question Author : Alex C. , Answer Author : Andrew Leach

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