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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.

typoart0014.jpgMaking zinc sheet stencils

typoart0013.jpgEngraver at work

typoart0012.jpgTransferring the letter shape from the finished stencil

typoart0011.jpgMaking a punch

typoart0010.jpgPunchcutter at work

typoart0009.jpgMaking matrices for type casting

typoart0008.jpgType casting machines

typoart0006.jpgClose-up of a type casting machine at work

typoart0005.jpgIn-house printing with foundry type

typoart00052.jpgIn-house press

typoart0004.jpgMaking matrices for hot metal typesetting

typoart0002.jpgChecking the matrices

typoart0001.jpgMaking phototypesetting fonts

typoart0027.jpgDigital font production at the end of the 1980s

Photographic reproduction to test the design in smaller sizes

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Riccardo Sartori



One curiosity: what’s the origin of the pictures?

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Ralf Herrmann


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

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