Absolute spectral energy distributions for supernovae of both types I and II have been obtained. These observations demonstrate three facets of supernova spectra. First, both SN I’s and SN II’s have a continuum that varies slowly and uniformly with time, and which carries the bulk of the radiated flux at early epochs. Second, some lines in both SN I’s and SN II’s have P Cygni profiles: broad emissions flanked on their violet edges by broad absorptions. Third, some lines are common to SN I’s and SN II’s and persist throughout the evolution of the spectrum. The continuum temperatures for both SN I’s and SN II’s are about 10000 K at the earliest times of observation and drop in one month’s time to about 6000 K for SN II’s and about 7000 K for SN I’s. After several months, the continuum may cease to carry the bulk of the flux, which might be in emission lines, but continues to exist, as shown by the presence of absorption lines. The P Cygni line profiles indicate expansion velocities of 15000 km s-1 in SN II’s and 20000 km s-11 in the SN I 1972e in NGC 5253. Line identifications for SN II’s include Hα, Hβ, H and K of Ca II, the Ca II infrared triplet at λ8600, the Na I D-lines, the Mg I b-lines at λ5174, and perhaps Fe II. The [O I] lines λλ6300, 6363 and [Ca II] lines λλ7291, 7323 appear after eight months. For SN I’s, the lines identified are H and K of Ca II, the infrared Ca II lines, the Na I D-lines, and the Mg I b-lines. There is some evidence that Balmer lines are present two weeks after maximum. The strong and puzzling λ4600 features drifts with time from λ4600 near maximum light to λ4750 after 400 days.