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“Sammelt nichtmetallische Altstoffe!” pocket mirror

Contributed by Florian Hardwig on Jul 5th, 2022. Artwork published in
circa 1955
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    “Sammelt nichtmetallische Altstoffe!” pocket mirror
    Source: picclick.de borstl98. License: All Rights Reserved.

    “Collect non-metallic waste!” The message on the back of this pocket mirror calls on the citizens of the GDR to preserve valuable materials, probably to be picked up by the Pioneers to be sent for recycling.

    The brush script is Impuls. It was designed by Paul Zimmermann in 1954, i.e. already after the division of Germany, and first cast by Ludwig Wagner before the Leipzig foundry was nationalized and merged into VEB Typoart in Dresden. The typeface was continued by Typoart in East Germany, but also by the Johannes Wagner in the West. It came with a number of alternates and ligatures. This application has both forms for the ch digraph, once with a descending h and once without. There were also ligatures for ff and ll, but those weren’t used here.

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