Book / Buch

category: > Printed Matters

written by: Jaap Proost

THIS old German book has seen better days. It’s been around since 1850 and I recently picked it up from a bookstand. The leather spine is missing and so you see that the printer used misprints in making the book. The font that is revealed is a blackletter typeface. These kinds of fonts were widely used in German-speaking countries until the third of January, 1941. On that date the Nazis issued a circular to all public offices which declared Fraktur to be Judenlettern (Jewish letters) and prohibited their further use.


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