Commercial-Grotesk halbfett was designed by Edmund Thiele by cutting off the serifs of his Superba (1935) [Kupferschmid], and released by Haas in 1940. A fett followed in 1945, a Commercial-Grotesk Compact (or Commerciale compacte, shown in the sample) in 1964. The latter was derived from the fett (in sized from 20pt) by casting the letters on a narrower body. [Haas specimen] Later merged into the Helvetica series, as Helvetica schmalhalbfett, schmalfett, and Compact, respectively. [Reichardt] See Helvetica Condensed.
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