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Fette Kursiv Grotesk from Hamburg | by Albert-Jan Pool
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Fette Kursiv Grotesk from Hamburg

Cut by the typefoundry J. John Söhne in Hamburg in 1892 after sketches by Johannes John. At least, this is the story according to ‘Geschichte der Hamburger Schriftgießereien’ by Klaus-Peter Gerlach (Museum der Arbeit, Hamburg 1995). This article in the New Zealand Typo magazine seems to prove that the typeface was actually available from J John Söhne in 1892. According to ‘Geschichte der Hamburger Schriftgießereien’, the specimen shown on the image shown here is from ‘Neuzeitliche Schriften’, an undated source which is likely to be this one here: ‘Praktische neuzeitliche Buch- und Titelschriften aus der Schriftgiesserei J. John Söhne ... Die schönsten Schriften der Hauptprobe, mit Anwendungen.’ [Hamburg, 1919]. I hope that the Museum der Arbeit (Museum of work) has some more background information on the origin of this typeface …

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Taken on April 24, 2014