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Hermann Berthold

Typographer and entrepreneur, b. Berlin 1831, d. Berlin, 1904. In 1858, he founded his "Institute for Galvano Technology" in Berlin. He discovered a method of producing circular lines from brass instead of lead or zinc. The soldering normally necessary could be dispensed with. The lines were elastic and highly durable, and produced fine results. Most of German's letterpress printers and many printers abroad placed their orders with Berthold. In 1864, he set up H. Berthold Schriftgießerei und Messinglinienfabrik in Berlin. The company specialized initially in new technical processes for printing, such as galvano-type, as described above. Hermann Berthold headed the foundry until 1888. Around 1900, Haus Berthold was one of the largest foundries in the world.

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Portrait by Arthur William Presser regarding the Akzidenz Grotesk typeface pioneered by Berthold's company.

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file name: Hermann Berthold Portrait by Arthur William Presser


file name: Hermann Berthold Abstract Portrait by Thorbjorn Kongshavn 2017







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