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In Phillip Meggs’ History of Graphic Design Akzidenz Grotesk is said to have influenced M.F. Benton’s design for Franklin Gothic. The same claim is made about Franklin Gothic and News Gothic in the Meggs/Carter book Typographic Specimens: The Great Typefaces. In neither case is there any explanation or substantiation. Does anyone know if Benton actually did see Akzidenz can I safely write this off as a historian jumping from correlation to causation?