Slanted-E typeface used in Kurt Schwitters's 'Merz'

sheepcounter's picture

This one's been brought up a couple of times on the forums here in other contexts, but I don't think anyone's identified the typeface with the unusual E in 'MERZ.' Any guesses?

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J Weltin's picture

Well, i thought Kurt Schwitters has taken these characters originally from the Commerzbank logotype. So, these are not from an existing typeface.
But: the former Apply Design group has recreated it in the nineties. Also available here.

J Weltin's picture

And the slanted crossbar of the E is to be found as a separate character (alternate) in the font. On the normal E-position the crossbar is horizontal. (There are other alternates, too.)

eliason's picture

Well, i thought Kurt Schwitters has taken these characters originally from the Commerzbank logotype. So, these are not from an existing typeface.

Schwitters took the name of his art "MERZ" from a Commerz und Privatbank advertisement that he excerpted and included in a collage, but that was not in the lettering of the title of his later publication shown in the first post.

DPape's picture

APPLY DESIGN GROUP Merz-Regular. As stated:

sheepcounter's picture

Interesting to find out about the Apply Design group revival--thanks. I'm still curious about the original, though...

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