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Pictures from the East-German type foundry Typoart

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Typoart was the state-owned type foundry of the German Democratic Republic, which existed between 1948 and 1989. The following images show how type was made at Typoart between the 1970s and 1980s.

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Making zinc sheet stencils

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Engraver at work

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Transferring the letter shape from the finished stencil

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Making a punch

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Punchcutter at work

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Making matrices for type casting

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Type casting machines

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Close-up of a type casting machine at work

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In-house printing with foundry type

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In-house press

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Making matrices for hot metal typesetting

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Checking the matrices

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Making phototypesetting fonts

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Digital font production at the end of the 1980s

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Photographic reproduction to test the design in smaller sizes




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Kapr, Albert/Fischer, Hans: typoart typenkunst, Leipzig 1973
Kapr, Albert/Schäfer, Detlef: Fotosatzschriften, Itzehoe 1989

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