Fette Fraktur

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Linotype , C. E. Weber , D Stempel AG
Release Year
1850, 1875, 1908
Country of Origin
Blackletter, Fraktur
Original Format
Metal (Foundry)
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1800s, blackletter, gothic


The C.E. Weber Foundry published a version in 1875, and the D Stempel AG foundry published the version shown at the top 1908.

For a span of nearly a hundred years, the original Fraktur script was used as a standard text face in German-speaking Europe and parts of Scandinavia. During the period of the Third Reich Fraktur and Blackletter faces were initially approved of in contrast to sans-serif faces (associated with the Bauhaus and cultural Bolshevism). Approved use of Blackletter Fraktur faces by the Nazi regime continued until January 3, 1941 when Martin Bormann, director of the Party Chancellery issued a directive discontinuing the use of Blackletter faces because of an alleged discovery of Jewish contributions in the development of these faces. Another reason may have been their limited legibility outside of Germany. While the Nazis forbade its use for practical and ideological reasons, at the conclusion of World War II, the Allied forces also prohibited it for a time because occupation troops could not read these faces. Eventually the ban on Blackletter and Frakturs was lifted, but in Germany and Scandinavia the faces were largely replaced by the Antiqua (roman) alphabet.

Emotional reaction to association with the Third Reich, and a sense that the faces were outdated vestiges of the nineteenth century further reduced their use. Variants of Fraktur faces such as Fette Fraktur are however used in advertising and packaging to communicate a sense of traditional Austrian, Bavarian, or German flavor. In this modern decorative use the Fraktur rules about long s and short s or about ligatures are often disregarded, the knowledge of the old typographical conventions being lost.

This font is one of the most used broken letter fonts today. Fette Fraktur is used to invoke a nostalgic or rustic feeling and found often on restaurants with ‘hearty homemade food’ or breweries who use the ‘good old recipes’ of the founder. The lower case letters have a gothic character with only the ornamental flourishes making them broken letters, while the capital letters are more characteristic of broken letter typefaces.

Fette Fraktur has 399 characters.
Fette Fraktur DFR has 299 characters.

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