Hugo Daniel invoice, 1935
Here’s some more Tiemann-Mediäval, on the letterhead of Hugo Daniel, owner of a factory for copper kettles and pan furnaces in Schlotheim, Thuringia, and an associated copper hammer mill in Rauda.
The regular weight of the Mediäval was only the second of two dozen typefaces designed by Walter Tiemann (1876–1951) – and the first to be released publicly in 1909 – following his debut created in 1907 for the exclusive use by the Janus-Presse, the first German private press modeled after the English Doves Press, founded the same year by Tiemann together with Carl Ernst Poeschel in Leipzig.
The Janus-Pressen-Schrift, like many of the faces spawned by the private press movement, harks back to the early roman types from Italy, which were considered a lost ideal. Tiemann-Mediäval can be described as a second, more personal take on the same genre, again picking up several characteristics of the Venetian Oldstyle incl. the angled ‘e’, but with a smaller x-height and some peculiar letterforms like the ‘bdpq’ group distinguished by their semicircle bowls.
The letterhead is set in the halbfett, added in 1911. In this bold weight, the problems in two questionable letterforms are intensified. The ‘g’ with its knobby middle part and the ‘u’ with the (unique?) symmetrically seriffed base suffer from crowding. One is inclined to say that no one’s born a master, but these letters had been solved just fine in the earlier Janus-Pressen-Schrift. Mischievous wags might argue that Tiemann made the commercial release deliberately a little less beautiful because he knew it wouldn’t be used to sing the praises of Diotima on hand-made paper, but rather to market gasoline and kettles.
The serif used for the smaller text could be Lateinisch, judging from the spurred ‘b’ combined with the angled top serifs on ‘n’ or ‘u’. In the bold, ‘b’ is spurless, though, and hence closer to Schelter & Giesecke’s Romanisch, or one of the faces derived from matrices made by Riegerl, Weißenborn & Co, like Stempel’s Römisch and Schriftguss’s Hamburger Römisch. “Postscheck-Konto” looks like Römisch breit fett (Schriftguss, Trennert) or Propaganda-Romanisch (Stempel).
Römisch breit fett
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