Found on a Lannister wallpaper

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fvilanakis's picture

It looks like Deutsch Gothic free font by J. Fordyce [1994]

It also exist under the following names:
Deutsch Gothic - (c) Dieter Steffmann, 1998
Altdeutsche Schrift - (c) Dieter Steffmann, 1998
Germania - (c) Typographer Mediengestaltung, 2000
JI-Noodle - 2001
Dabblet - Copyright 1988-1999 IBS -Future Corporation

I don't know if any of them is the original...

PS: According to Mike's comment here:
I suppose the original name is Germania

donshottype's picture

The lowercase in Germania and similar fonts may be adapted from a blackletter design by William H. Bradley in 1894 for the Inland Printer. By 1897 the imitations with minor variations by otherfoundries was a source of strong comment in the Inland Printer. I suspect that "Germania" et. al was a production of BB&S, but will have to check. The original is available in digital form in Ralph Unger's Bradley
Note: corrected post.

BlueHeeler's picture

fvilanakis ....THANK YOU!!

Mike F's picture

Not directly relevant for the original poster, but of interest, perhaps, to others ...

Regarding Bradley: "By 1897 the imitations with minor variations by other foundries ..." Indeed.

bojev's picture

Very interesting Mike -

donshottype's picture

Many thanks Mike! A veritable flood of copycats with minor variations. I wonder how many he missed? Do you have any information on the intrepid researcher Bernhard Schnelle?
The "Germania" variation is in Dan X. Solo's catalog at page 109.
I don't know if "Germania" dates from circa 1900 -- nothing on this variation in Petzendorfer's big Schriften Atlas of 1898 or Phillips Old Fashioned Type Book of 1945 -- or whether it was another kick at the can from a lettering artist in the photo-type era. Many but not all of the fonts in the big Solo Catalog were metal. This variation never made it into the Letraset catalog. Out of curiosity I will flip though the big Photo Lettering catalog when I next visit my local university library.
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donshottype's picture

I standardized the the scale of Jim Fordyce's Deutsch Gothic of 1994 and Dieter Steffmann's Germania and compared several glyphs. I found that the outlines of the Germania glyphs are point for point identical with those of Deutsch Gothic. I conclude that Germania is a clone of Deutsch Gothic, but note that some glyphs have been added to supplement the basic alphabet. I have not seen Dabblet, but given the stated date, I suspect that it is an original digitization. I suspect that with the exception of Deutsch Gothic and/or Dabblet, all of the others on the well researched list provided by Fivos, are clones.

Mike F's picture

Don - I do not have any info on Herr Schnelle (other than that he must be quick. Schnell? ... sorry).

Jim Fordyce's fonts were some of the earliest digital revivals. Quality wasn't perfect, but pretty darn good for the early 90's. I tried to hunt him up to inquire about the source for Germania, but had no luck.

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Mike, Puns R us...
I agree Jim Fordyce broke new ground. To bad he left no provenance notes. I don't know how old he was in 1994, but the clock is ticking for all of us. I hope he is alive and in good health. Google Jim Fordyce font maker and all that pops up are links to his fonts.

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