Fette Fraktur

Indicies : Blackletter : Fette Fraktur


Fette Fraktur is probably the most used Blackletter typeface today. This probably has more to do with marketing decisions than with any instrinsic merits the design has. Fette Fraktur is a very 19th Century Fraktur. It has been described by some as “Victorian,” even though it was designed before the Victorian-era (and in Germany instead of Britain). Others have described it as Neo-Classical or Romantic (in the sense of 19th Music and Art forms, not necessarially in that other romantic sense, i.e., love).

Fette Fraktur is probably bestly described as a Fat Face variant on the Fraktur theme. Hey, fat face worked so well for Didones…

Fette Fraktur was first released sometime before 1842 by Joh. Peter Nees & Company in Offenbach, Germany. The foundry was later purchased by the Ruhard’sche Gießerei, which during the early 20th Century because the Klingspor foundry.

Klingspor was absorbed into the D. Stempel AG by the 1950s. Stempel converted Fette Fraktur into a photosetting face, which was later converted into a digital font. This digital font was part of a very popular bundle that Linotype and its partners (including Adobe) distributed during the 1980s and 90s.

Linotype Library now sells Fette Fraktur via its website, amoung other places.