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Friedrich Soennecken

Friedrich Soennecken (b. 1848, Iserlohn-Dröschede, Sauerland; d. 1919, Bonn) was an entrepreneur and inventor. He was the founder of Soennecken, a German office supplier. In 1875 he founded F. Soennecken Verlag, a commercial enterprise in Remscheid, Westphalia. His main invention is the round writing style of calligraphy and the pen nib associated with it.

In 1878, Soennecken developed a method for creating glyphs, based on metal elements that are arcs or straight lines. The center lines of the glyphs are aligned with a grid. This was introduced in the German educational system in 1913. He wrote didactic texts on his construction method and on penmanship for the classroom. For example, he authored Methodical Text Book to Round Writing, A. Eltzbacher & Co., 1879.

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file name: Friedrich Soenneckens Schriftsystem 1887


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