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block condensed sans-serif, German (WW2-era) signage ("entry forbidden", etc.)

zutritt-streng-verboten.jpg
Squared-off lettering, no serifs, descender on the 'g' and tail of the 'e' end horizontally, lowercase 't' has the crossbar only to the right of the vertical and no hook at the bottom, junctions of the 'r' and 'n' meet at a right-angle with no "notch" (sorry for the bad description), 'i' has a rectangular dot (not circular).

Common font on WW2-era German administrative/military signage, but obviously not ornate like Fraktur or Antiqua..

Tried font-id sites like whatfontis, identifont, whatthefont, etc., no joy.  Searched probably all variants of "german sign nazi font typeface blockschrift schrift ww2 wwii", etc., anything and everything, also no joy IDing the font, but did find a picture or two of the font in question, the clearest image included here.  Running out of ideas.  :)

Thanks!
asked by joe (102 points) Sep 8, 2015
Wow, that's incredible sleuthing, thanks!  I never would've guessed.

I'm thinking Teuton is lots closer in appearance, despite the differences in the 't', etc.  Love the blurb about being perfect for graves and posters.  :D

IwanR seems a bit more "rounded" in the 'e', and no squared-off corners on the 'r', 'u', etc,, but it might come in handy.

Much appreciated, thanks!

1 Answer

+4 votes

I’ve also seen this on old notice signs Germany and my best guess is that it is template lettering, not a printer’s typeface, but I’ll ask some German experts to come take a look.


The digital font that comes closest is probably Teuton, which is incidentally based on a German gravestone inscription style — which is not unlike many I’ve also witnessed on markers in Berlin.

Another typeface that is vaguely related is Sebastien Nagel’s Iwan Reshniev based on drawings by Jan Tschichold.

answered by Stewf Expert (3,190 points) Sep 8, 2015
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