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Stempel

Frankfurt typefoundry, opened in 1895 by David Stempel.

In 1900 Stempel gained the exclusive right to manufacture matrices for Linotype GmbH, the European arm of Mergenthaler Linotype. Over the years, Linotype gradually obtained a majority interest.

Walter Cunz, who headed the foundry from the end of World War II until the late 1960s built the library into a position of world leadership, with the help of such brilliant type designers as Hermann Zapf.

He acquired an interest in Haas, as well as the library from Klingspor and some faces from Weber.

The company diversified into filmsetting only in 1977, much later than the rest of the industry.

The last Linotype matrices were made in 1983. In early 1985 Stempel was fully absorbed into Linotype GmbH, becoming its font department.

Foundry details

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    D. Stempel AG
    Hedderichstrasse 106-114
    Frankfurt-am-Main, Süd
    Germany
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2 font families from Stempel

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Neuzeit® Grotesk

by URW++
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Neuzeit® Grotesk Neuzeit® Grotesk

Kunstlerschreibschrift™

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Kunstlerschreibschrift™ Kunstlerschreibschrift™

Time Script™

by URW++
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Time Script™ Time Script™

Diskus®

by URW++
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Diskus® Diskus®

Palatino®

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Palatino® Palatino®

Hermann Zapf’s first popular typeface, based on his own elegant calligraphy, effective in text and display, carrying little trace of the Trump Mediaeval eccentricities.

Optima™

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Optima™ Optima™

Optima is elegant and highly readable, qualities remarkable in a sans serif design.

Stempel™ Garamond

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Stempel™ Garamond Stempel™ Garamond

Based on the series of Claude Garamond romans shown in the Egenolff-Berner specimen sheet printed in 1592, this design is a good sharp cut; it suffers from very short descenders made to fit it on the German standard alignment of the period, which was based on Blackletter proportions.

Neuzeit® S

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Neuzeit® S Neuzeit® S

The original designs were drawn by C.W. Pischiner for the Stempel foundry in 1928; this book version was added by the Linotype Corporation in 1959. Neuzeit S is a geometric-grotesque hybrid design, unusual in that round shapes are wide and circular, while other characters appear slightly condensed. Also note the unusual J: this particular letter’s design is versal in origin. The name translates from German as “new times.” Neuzeit S is useful for short texts, while its heavier weight supplies enough contrast for display work and headings.

Original Garamond

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Original Garamond Original Garamond

Kuenstler Script®

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Kuenstler Script® Kuenstler Script®

Künstler Script was designed by Hans Bohn for the Stempel foundry in 1957.

Century® 725

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Century® 725 Century® 725

VIP™

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VIP™ VIP™

VIP is a humanist sans serif uppercase and figures combined with a freshly redrawn revival of the classic Constanze initials originally designed by Joachim Romann for Stempel in 1956.

Stempel™ Garamond

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Stempel™ Garamond Stempel™ Garamond

Some of the most popular typefaces in history are those based on the types of the sixteenth-century printer, publisher, and type designer Claude Garamond, whose sixteenth-century types were modeled on those of Venetian printers from the end of the previous century.

Bravado NF

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Bravado NF Bravado NF

This growing family of friendly faces is based on the typeface Bravour, designed in 1913 by Martin Jacoby-Boy for the D. Stempel AG foundry in Frankfurt am Main.

The wide stance and very large x-height shared by the family members makes them warm and inviting, and equally suitable for use in headlines or text blocks.

Memphis®

by Adobe
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Memphis® Memphis®

Egyptian, or slab serif, typefaces surged to popularity in the early 1800s. Memphis was the first Egyptian revival, designed by Dr. Rudolf Wolf in 1929 for the Stempel foundry.

Aldus®

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Aldus® Aldus®

Hermann Zapf designed Aldus for the Stempel foundry in 1954 as a companion to his Palatino typefaces. Originally designed as a display typeface, Palatino gained popularity as a text typeface as well. Believing Palatino to be too bold for settings at small point sizes, Zapf designed the lighter weight Aldus to better suit text settings.

Zapf Calligraphic 801

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Zapf Calligraphic 801 Zapf Calligraphic 801

Relampago NF

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Relampago NF Relampago NF

This distinctive titling face is based on Elegant Lichte, designed by Hans Möhring for D. Stempel in 1928, with the helpful addition of a lowercase not found in the original. It functions equally well as either a period piece or a contemporary masterpiece. Both versions include the complete Latin 1252, Central European 1250 and Turkish 1254 character sets, as wellas localization for Moldovan and Romanian.

Kuenstler Script®

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Kuenstler Script® Kuenstler Script®

The historical roots of this font are found in the lithographic movement of the 19th century. Like intricate handwriting put to paper with a feather and an inkwell, this font will distinguish your text with an unmatched elegance.

URW Palladio™

by URW++
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URW Palladio™ URW Palladio™

Bindlestiff NF

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Bindlestiff NF Bindlestiff NF

Schmallfette Binder-Style, designed by Joseph Binder and released by D. Stempel AG in 1959 provided the template for this upright, set-tight display face. Its rather unconventional placement of the crossbars on the f and t is a subtle attention-grabber, and true to Binder’s original design. Both versions include the complete Latin 1252, Central European 1250 and Turkish 1254 character sets, as well as localization for Moldovan and Romanian.

Wellsbrook Initials SG™

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Wellsbrook Initials SG™ Wellsbrook Initials SG™

These four sets are based on the elegant and beautiful work of the German graphic designer Emil Rudolf Weiss.

Palatino® Linotype

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Palatino® Linotype Palatino® Linotype

P22 Zebra™

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P22 Zebra™ P22 Zebra™

Zebra was originally designed by Karlgeorg Hoefer in 1965 for the Stempel foundry in Germany.

This unique font was designed as a two-color script face and is now available digitally for the first time. The P22/IHOF release presents six separate fonts based on the original painted drawings and Stempel proofs.

Humanist 531

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Humanist 531 Humanist 531

Kleukens Kursiv NF

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Kleukens Kursiv NF Kleukens Kursiv NF

This classic face is based on Kleukens Scriptura, designed by Friedrich Wilhelm Kleukens in 1926 for D Stempel AG. It served as an alternative to Lucien Bernhard’s Cursive and an inspiration for Oswald Cooper’s Pompeian Script.

Both versions of the font contain the complete Unicode Latin 1252 and Central European 1250 character sets.

Tribunus SG™

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Tribunus SG™ Tribunus SG™

Warren Chappell was the original designer of this handsome pen-formed roman typeface introduced by the Stempel Foundry in 1939. It was cast in Germany as Trajanus and named after the Roman emperor whose accomplishments are preserved on the Trajan Column in Rome.

Zapf Calligraphic 801

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Zapf Calligraphic 801 Zapf Calligraphic 801

Gazette®

by Adobe
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Gazette® Gazette®

Created at D. Stempel AG in 1977, Linotype’s Gazette is a text typeface that was designed to withstand the rigors of high-speed newspaper presses and coarse newsprint, and to guarantee legibility throughout long press runs.

Metropolis SG™

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Metropolis SG™ Metropolis SG™

The revival of this 1932 classic design by W. Schwerdtner for the Stempel Foundry in Germany brings back the fashion and culture of those bygone days.

Wedge-shaped vertical strokes are thicker at the top than at the bottom while serifs are somewhat elongated, thin, and pointy.

Linotype Trajanus™

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Linotype Trajanus™ Linotype Trajanus™

Warren Chappell named his font after the Roman emperor Trajanus, who ruled in the first century AD. The Roman capitals on Trajanus’ memorial combined with the lower case style from the time of Charlemagne formed the models for the font characters. Trajanus will give a text a classic, almost calligraphic, feel.

Hip Pop NF

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Hip Pop NF Hip Pop NF

Type designer Friedrich Poppl is perhaps best known for his classic text faces and elegant scripts, but it seems he had a playful side as well. This frisky face is based on Dynamische Antiqua, which Poppl did for the Stempel foundry in 1960, but which was never released.

Big Bag NF

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Big Bag NF Big Bag NF

This industrial-strength titling face takes its design cues from Hans Eduard Meier’s Syntax Antigua. This version is bolder and beefier, so your headlines will grab and hold attention in a refined and genteel manner. Both versions include complete Latin 1252, Central European 1250 and Turkish 1524 character sets, with localization for Moldovan, Romanian and Turkish.

Sistina®

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Sistina® Sistina®

Sistina, designed by Hermann Zapf in 1950 was first named Aurelia Titling.

It is a heavy supplement to the Michelangelo Titling based on studies of inscriptions in Rome.

First released in hotmetal at D. Stempel AG, Frankfurt in 1951, Sistina was originally an all caps font. The digital version from Linotype contains small caps.

Pan AR™

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Pan AR™ Pan AR™

Pan AR is based on a playful design by the great graphic artist and book designer Prof. Walter Brudi. The original types, with two sets of capitals, were cast in 14, 16, 20, 28, 48 point by the Stempel foundry in 1957.

Freie Initialen-AR

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Freie Initialen-AR Freie Initialen-AR

Freie Initialen are derived from initials made for the Stempel Garamond series. The type was issued in 1928 in three sizes (36, 48, and 60 pt); the AR version follows the 60-pt design.

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