Playbills are very well-suited to the study of the development of typographical style - we can browse through examples of digitised playbills that effectively reflect the advances of printing through the Industrial Revolution.
We can see the way the space of the sheet is used and we can see the development of letter forms and the adoption of ornamental and fancy looking typeface.
Some expert eyes may even distinguish the specific origins of type used on the historical playbills: "The type is from the foundry of Joseph Fry, London" says one contributor of this Margate playbill from 1796 ..
It would be great to see Spotlighters posting images on here of examples of type in playbills which they think look interesting or remarkable. There are some wonderful examples, some beautiful, some odd-looking, some novel and even quite psychadelic looking letters! Copy them in here ...