• Strangely squished.
  • Sweet optional umlaut :-)
  • With dot = "i", no dot = "c"


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Since a lot of people have been asking about Sütterlin: A simplified, monoline and upright version of the German Script (also: Deutsche Schrift, Kurrent, German Blackletter Script) which was taught in schools in Germany up until the 1940s.

This is from a German lettering manual from the ~1930s («Die Schrift in Wort und Bild», Hrsg. Malerschule Zimmermann, Mannheim-Neckarau, o.J., um 1935/1940)

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  1. ninastoessinger 47 months ago | reply

    Other version of German Kurrent Script from the same manual:

  2. Florian Hardwig 47 months ago | reply

    Thank you, Nina.
    It should be noted that Ludwig Sütterlin actually designed two school script models; the one shown above (‘deutsche Ausgangsschrift’) and a round one (‘lateinische Ausgangsschrift’ – I will post a picture, but not before next week).
    The Sütterlin model spread after WWI and was in use in almost all German schools by 1928. This upright Kurrent model was the beginners’ model. In 4th grade, the pupils moved on to practice the ‘Latin’ script.
    Kurrent has been taught in some German schools until the 1970s.

    In Sütterlin's models, the vertical space is divided into three equal parts (1:1:1). What sounds simple and rational is rather oversimplistic and doesn’t work for the Kurrent letterforms with all their extenders. It leads to a strange distortion of the letterforms; compare the ‘E’ to the ‘K’ – do they look the same size?

  3. Typegirl 47 months ago | reply

    So many wonderful shapes!

  4. eliason 46 months ago | reply

    Very interesting, thanks for sharing Nina!

  5. ninastoessinger 46 months ago | reply

    Florian, thanks – I'd be curious to see the Lateinische Ausgangsschrift.
    You're right, looks like the x-height is even shorter on the other (Non-Sütterlin) sample. Interesting! Regarding the "K", it surprises me that they tried to squeeze all of that upwards "loop" coming up from the bottom-left into the x-height region. I thought that can cross the x-line? I'm suspecting that also makes it look too small.

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