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Date: 1850

Designer:
Johann Christian Bauer

Foundry:
Bauer

Location:
Frankfurt, Germany

Current equivalent:
Linotype Fette Fraktur

See also:
Deutschschrift by Rudolf Koch

Technologies:
Wood
Metal (foundry)
Postscript

Famous for:
Most popular and enduring fraktur.

Applications: Advertising & Display

Ubiquity:
Very widely used

Category:
Blackletter Fraktur

Stress: Vertical
Serifs: Calligraphic

Design history:
Fette Fraktur is the most dramatic of the blackletter Fraktur faces, available in a single weight and style (Fette is German for ‘bold’). After a hideous association with the nationalist Nazi regime in mid 20th century Germany, the entire category of Fraktur became typographically unspeakable in the postwar years. Recently it has undergone a rehabilitation, popularized by a youth culture recycling punk and heavy metal graphic styles, which had previously used blackletter types as a graphic referent to undesirability. However, the traditional gothic uppercase in particular, is not legible to today’s audiences and many of the current applications of Fraktur are not texts in the conventional sense.

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picture: William Barrett