First issued by Berthold in 1898 as Accidenz-Grotesk. Many loosely related styles from various sources were incorporated into the family. Further extended and homogenized by G.G. Lange from the late 1950s on. Lange regards Ferdinand Theinhardt’s Royal-Grotesk as the key source.
Named Standard in the US. Linotype’s digital version was renamed to Basic Commercial for trademark reasons.
Reworked as Akzidenz Grotesk Next (2006). Akzidenz Grotesk Pro (2007) adds Cyrillics (by Vladimir Yefimov, Condensed by Gayaneh Bagdasaryan) and Greek (by Panos Haratzopoulos). [Typophile]