First cast by Ludwig & Mayer in 1923, Koloss has been revived more than once. The metal original had narrow high-contrast alternates with monolinear rounds or diagonals for ‘BDKPRabdgpq’, and additional alternates with diagonally cut off legs for ‘K’ and ‘R’. Only latter are included in the — largely identical — versions by Elsner+Flake and Scangraphic. The ‘tz’ ligature is missing from all digitizations. Castle Type’s Koloss is slightly rounded, has a modernized eszett, and covers Greek and Cyrillic. It adds a Condensed and a set of decorated caps, Koloss Wave.
Frankfurter Allgemeine Magazin feature spreads, 1992–93c. 1992
- Hans-Georg Pospischil
Contributed by Stephen Coles