Please help identify old German typface?


I believe this was used on a poster during the Third Reich era. I'm looking for this or something very similar - a Calligraphic, Germanic/Celtic script style with a Blackletter aspect. Any suggestions at all would be appreciated.


From about 1900 to WW II there was a search for simplified blackletter fonts. I'll see what I can dig out of my files, but you can start with Augsburger Schrift

Another variation is the Foundational Hand, a calligraphic lettering style created by Edward Johnston. Various digital versions including Fondamento, by Astigmatic. Available as a Google Web font

Many thanks for the help Don. It seems like such an obvious, usable font yet I've searched the net for hours now looking for something even close, without luck. However, your suggestions for alternatives are useful - I think Fondamento, narrowed, might do the trick. But if you do find anything closer please let me know.

I've found some other potential alternatives, in case it helps/interests anyone else - 'Typographer Rotunda' and 'Paganini'.

Also MacHumaine by Bill Horton, As discussed in which also has links to other calligraphic fonts.

The sample you posted looks hand-lettered. Of course, someone may have used it as the basis for a font. Did you check Dieter Steffmann's collection?

- Mike Yanega

You may be right Mike - the thought crossed my mind. If hand-lettered it was done with extreme care and attention to detail (as designers of the past tended to do). But I still feel there must be something similar out there in font-form. It's such a usable typeface, particularly for the sort of work I often do.

Dieter Steffmann has many fonts, but I usually hesitate to link to them because of Dieter's practice of taking fonts that someone else had digitized, improving them by adding accented letters etc. and releasing them under a new name. Where possible I find the original work and link to it. We really could use a finder's list of the digital sources of his fonts. Note that some of his fonts could be his own digitizations of printed specimens. We could also use a list of those fonts.