Tag Archive: 0germany

The New Typography

The New Typography

9th September 2020

A few weeks ago, I wrote about Notgeld. Everyone knows, or thinks they know, the catastrophic German hyperinflation of the early 1920s, thanks to photographs of people pushing wheelbarrows full of money, or burning bundles of worthless banknotes as fuel.  But there was another pecuniary phenomenon to come out of those years: Notgeld, or ‘emergency […]

Notgeld

Notgeld

13th August 2020

During the lockdown, I started work on some larger cataloguing projects.  One of them is an extraordinary collection of German Notgeld, the ‘emergency money’ which originated, out of necessity, during the First World War, but which later became a way for towns to try and make some money in the early Twenties (before hyperinflation took hold) […]

Unrecorded ‘wedding newspapers’

Unrecorded ‘wedding newspapers’

12th September 2019

Who doesn’t love a good wedding? And, more importantly, who doesn’t love a good party favour? Here’s a fun party favour of sorts we’ve recently stumbled across, and included in our latest e-list: the Hochzeitszeitung, or ‘wedding newspaper’. It is a genre of occasional printing found in German-speaking countries. Normally they are bespoke, something to […]

Elsa Béreny: 1930s German Dancer Living Her Best Life

Elsa Béreny: 1930s German Dancer Living Her Best Life

21st February 2019

As I write this the sun is streaming in the window of our Chesham office. Spring, it seems, is finally upon us, which means something even more exciting is just around the corner: the 2019 New York Antiquarian…

Stinde in Simla

Stinde in Simla

10th January 2019

There’s nothing better than finding a cheeky marginal doodle or two, and that’s what we found when we picked up an otherwise nondescript copy of Julius Stinde’s Buchholzens in Italien at a recent fair. First published anonymously in Berlin in 1883, Stinde’s satirical…

Another oddly-shaped book

Another oddly-shaped book

9th August 2018

Last week, I mentioned the appeal of the oblong format. (I once had an oblong 12mo in half-sheets, but that’s very nerdy…) Here’s another which recently caught my eye…