Designed by Hiero Rhode and released in 1944 by Norddeutsche Schriftgießerei (doing business as Johannes Wagner after WWII). A bold weight followed in 1946. Both weights have an alternate ‘a’. In 1958, after Rhode’s death in 1954, the foundry added an Italic designed by Karl Hans Walter, equipped with caps in 2 sizes, and a swash alternate for ‘z’. [Reichardt, Klingspor-Museum]
The regular weight was revived by Ari Rafaeli (ARTypes, 2006, based on a 20pt model, with both forms of ‘a’, used for the sample). Both upright weights were digitized by Gerhard Helzel as Rhode-Mediaeval (before 2012), but are currently not available.
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