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Paul Koch

Son of Rudolf Koch. Skilled punchcutter who cut type for his father, but also for others such as Herbert Post, Berthod Wolpe and Victor Hammer. Specific examples:

  • When his father designed Claudius (1931-1934), Paul followed Rudolf's instructions to make one weight. Rudolf died in 1934. Klingspor completed this family in 1937.
  • He helped Herbert Post with his Post-Fraktur (1935, Berthold).
  • Hammer Samson Uncial. Mac McGrew tells its story: This typeface was designed by Victor Hammer in Florence, Italy, about 1930, with punches cut by Paul Koch, and type cast by them and their private press associates. Their first book was Milton's Samson Agonistes, for which the type was named Samson. During World War II the type was lost or destroyed, but the punches survived. About 1970, R. Hunter Middleton made new matrices and directed a casting of new fonts as Hammer Samson Uncial. Compare American Uncial.
Upon his father's death in 1934 he took over the Frankfurt workshop called Haus zum Fürsteneck, at which Hermann Zapf studied typography from 1938-1941. Paul Koch was killed on the Russian front in 1943.

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file name: Rudolf Koch Claudius1933 1937


file name: Rudolf Koch Claudius Schrift







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