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Vtg Stencils Diag-B 175

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We have drawn the Vtg Stencil Diag-B 175 fonts from a type specimen of a Diagraph-Bradley Jumbo stencil cutting machine with 1.75 inch letters.

The Jumbo models were produced with punches for 1.5, 1.75 and 2.0 inch letter sizes. However the 1.75 inch model was the first Jumbo model produced since about 1912. The main purpose for using such a large stencil type was for export marking of large crates and machinery. Since the 1940s, it has been a government requirement that export goods be marked with characters 1.5 inches in height or larger.

The stencil typeface is a very low-contrast, sans serif design. It is a more conventional design of a common American Gothic compared to the design for smaller type sizes of the Diagraph stencil machines.

The Vtg Stencil Diag-B 175 fonts come in three styles: Regular, Mono, and Source.

Regular is the most typographically advanced style with kerning, nicer letter proportions, even stencil bridges, and better spacing – just the style you like to use for artwork.

The Source style covers very close the original look and feel of the original stencils and is straight monospaced. This is the font for you if you prefer to use a digital font for cutting stencils, such as for props or restoration work.

The best of both worlds is the Mono style. It uses most of the advanced features of the Regular style, but it’s also straight monospaced.

All font styles feature an alternate letter M design. This alternate M was the default letter on the first Jumbo machines and was later changed to the more legible version.

Facts about the Diagraph Corporation

The Diagraph Corporation was founded on 20. August 1902 and was the second manufacturer of stencil cutting machines in the U.S. and the world. The first Diagraph stencil machine was introduced in 1903. The new feature were, compared to the Bradley machines, that the punches and dies could be changed by the user. The first machines were the 7/8" and the ½" models.

In 1938, Diagraph purchased the first stencil machine company – the Bradley Stencil Machine Co. and was renamed Diagraph-Bradlay Industries Inc. Over the decades, the range of models has been expanded to include machines for additional type sizes. Around 1982, the »Bradley« part of the company name was dropped. In May 2001 Illinois Tool Works (ITW) acquired Diagraph.

For more infoformation about the early history of Diagraph Corporation click here!

Models of Diagraph Stencil Cutting Machines
Machine Name die (punch) size weight: lbs / kg text lines market launch
Diagraph Stencil Machines, 1903
Diagraph Jumbo 1 ¾ inch 254 / 115 4 lines ca. 1912
Diagraph, Housed 7/8 inch 115 / 52 4 lines 1903
Diagraph, Dial Type 7/8 inch 89 / 40 4 lines 1903 ?
Diagraph, Housed ½ inch 115 / 52 6 lines 1903
Diagraph, Dial Type ½ inch 89 / 40 6 lines 1903 ?
Diagraph-Bradley Stencil Machines, 1937
Diagraph-Bradley (Jumbo) 1 ¾ inch - 4 lines -
Diagraph-Bradley (Jumbo) 1 ½ inch - - after 1944
Diagraph-Bradley (Jumbo) 1 ¼ inch - - after 1944
Diagraph-Bradley 7/8 inch - 4 lines -
Diagraph-Bradley ¾ inch - 4 lines after 1944
Diagraph-Bradley ½ inch - 6 lines -
Diagraph-Bradley ¼ inch - 10 lines 1954
1956 use of "Aircraft Aluminum Alloy" announced for lighter weight, Speed Model
Diagraph-Bradley 3/8 inch - - 1957
Modern Diagraph Stencil Machines, 1980s ???
Diagraph Jumbo 2 inch 254 / 115 4 lines -
Diagraph 1 inch 90 / 41 4 lines -
Diagraph ¾ inch 90 / 41 4 lines -
Diagraph ½ inch 90 / 41 6 lines -
Diagraph ¼ inch 90 / 41 10 lines -
Diagraph 1/8 inch 90 / 41 - -
Many dates are approximations drawn from Diagraphs historical adverts.

The early Diagraph machines were available in two versions - with and wihtout housing (dial type) to be cheaper. The Jumbo model was always an open, dial type version. Some machines from the mid 1950s on are sold under supplier brands like Garvey and Universum.

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