1 Comment on “Löwen-Apotheke”
These letterforms on the facade of a pharmacy in Rothenburg, Germany are loosley yet unmistakably modeled after Weiß-Initialen, more precisely Magere Weiß-Lapidar AKA Weiss Initials II, with its Romanesque alternates for ‘A’ and ‘E’.
This typeface was originally designed by Emil Rudolf Weiß in 1930. There are various digitizations, including Quadrivium (Nick’s Fonts, 2002, with a number of unsuccessful deviations most notably in ‘A G J P W’ and the numerals), several freebies by Dieter Steffmann (2002), and the commercial Wellsbrook (Spiece Graphics).
The visual comparison reveals that in the painted rendering, widths, weights (‘A’), proportions (‘K’), contrast (‘W’) and terminal details (‘L’) are all off. The umlaut is particularly poor. The original had diamond-shaped umlauts.