Vtg Stencils US No. 72
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The Vtg Stencil fonts from astype are based on real-world stencils from several countries.
The US No. 72 design was drawn from authentic stencil plates used by the U.S. Army.
In 2018 a major upgrade was done and Cyrillic support was added to the fonts.
When we call a thing vintage – after 30, 40, or 50 years? I'm not quite sure in this case. I don't know the exact date of the first use. But I have seen many samples indicating a usage beginning in the middle of the 1970s. Before this date, a more squarish and wider sans-serif design was used. However, there are also a few examples of similar stencil letters that existed around 1920.
In addition to various stencil cutting machines (MARSH, DIAGRAPH-BRADLEY, or IDEAL), which have different designs too, the interlocking stencil kits are part of the NATO or National Stock Number (NSN) system. So these kits are widely used by the U.S. Army till today. You can buy these stencils in DIY superstores in the United States or on eBay.
Please note that I had to alter many aspects of the original design. For example the different stem widths, the uneven bridges or the original monospaced look and feel. I preferred to make my font to look good in text setting and I'm sure to have distilled the best out of the design to make the best fonts available on the market.
— Enjoy the vintage!