Heinrich Bernhardt invoice, 1940
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Great post. What makes Helios so appealing to me is that the white inline is thinner than the black strokes, giving it an “illuminating” effect. It’s appropriately named.
RMU has recently released a digitization of Helios, under the name Reflex Pro. It appears to be largely faithful to the original, with some exceptions, most notably in ‘Q’ — now with descending stroke, a detail that was unfeasible in metal —, the streamlined ‘U’, and also in letterforms like ‘P’: In the original, the bowl has a more continuous curvature, without any horizontal segments in none of the three lines.
Revivalist Ralph M. Unger credits the original design of Reflexschrift Helios (1928) to Hans Möhring, but doesn’t state any source for this information. In the 1920s, Möhring was a freelance type designer in Leipzig, so it is quite possible that he provided this design to Ludwig Wagner. His credited typefaces were made for various foundries — Genzsch & Heyse, Stempel, Woellmer, Schriftguss — but a connection to Wagner is not known. Möhring had designed the related Elegant-Grotesk licht for Stempel in 1929.