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Issued in 2005        20 Won coin  -  World's first metal types for printing                (North Korea)

I have no information on the images, only on the face is the Daedong temple in PyongYang


Medal - VEB Typoart Leipzig  Made of porcelain   65mm diameter

According to Wikipedia - VEB Typoart was created by the government of the German Democratic Republic in 1948 through a merger of several nationalised type foundries, including Schelter & Giesecke (1945), Schriftguss AG (1951), Ludwig Wagner AG (1961), and Norddeutsche Schriftgießerei (1961). Originally called Schriftguß KG Dresden (1945) and VEB Schriftguß Dresden (1958), the enterprise was renamed to VEB Typoart in 1951.

Writing/Sign of factory.

1948 • 1968

Writing/Portrait of Johannes Gutenberg.

Lettering: 1468 • JOHANNES GUTENBERG • 1968



The next few posts are all reposts due to the 'outage' suffered today so you may have seen them before if you are a regular visitor to this thread. This may take some time as a month's worth of posts were lost.

Erecting a statue for Laurens Jansz. Coster in Haarlem  1856

Bronze medal. Obverse: statue of Coster with cut-out letter A in raised right hand and book pressed against him in left hand within an inscription.

Reverse: inscription illuminated by celestial light that dispels thick cloud cover


Advertising stamp - 500 years of book printing, Szeged Industrial Fair, 1940


Artist postcard Berlin, 50 years. Celebration of the Association of Berlin Book Printers and Type Founders 1912, Circus Schumann.



With a title in four languagesGerman, Latin, French and Italian).  Der Schriftgiesser - Fusor typorum ceneorum - Le Fondeur on Caracteres - Il Fondatore de Caratteri.
JW Meil. "The Spectacle of Nature & Arts".
Johann Wilhelm Mei lwas a painter, engraver, draftsman, etcher and book illustrator.

That is the last of the 'lost posts'.


William Caslon (1692 - 1766) created the Caslon typeface, first used in 1726.  He was succeeded by his son of the same name and the firm continued in the family until 1937. Caslon Old Face was used for printing the American Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.


The Dance of Death


The picture of typefounder Danne(n)berg was paid for by his wife, Mrs. Anna Dorothea Danne(n)berg.

The typefounder is at work in his nicest clothes with his assistant in front of the melting furnace (you see the chimney in the background). The picture, like so many others in Erfurt, is more of a portrait than an actual dance of death. Death shows up behind his victim, but he does not kill them, does not drag them off, and most importantly: he does not dance.

Another one

Compositor, printers and book trader

Death comes for the compositor and the printers

Book printer

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