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Schicht’s Kochbuch

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circa 1929
Schicht’s Kochbuch 1
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Embossed all-caps Reklameschrift Block (Berthold, 1908) on the covers of a series of five booklets with “selected recipes”, issued as promotional items by German Bohemian food manufacturer Schicht, probably in the late 1920. The booklets were printed by A. Haase, Prague.

Schicht’s Kochbuch 2
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Schicht’s Kochbuch 3
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  • Berthold Block




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3 Comments on “Schicht’s Kochbuch

  1. The Block typeface came with various width alternates (and ligatures) that helped to quickly justify a block of text, hence the name. This feature was used here, too, at least to some extent. On the cover for the fifth volume, compare the wide E N D F in the fourth line (“Pikante und sauere Früchte”) to the narrower glyphs for the same characters in other lines. It’s particularly noticeable with the two instances of “und” in lines 3 and 4.

    Another curious detail is the inconsistent handling of the eszett (ß) in all caps: in “süße” (vol. 5), it’s converted to a double S, as it’s the standard in German orthography. On the cover of vol. 3, however, “Soßen” is spelled “SOSZEN” with SZ – a non-standard alternative that goes back to a suggestion by the Brothers Grimm.

  2. Schicht was one of the largest Sudeten German industrial enterprises. Started in 1882 by Johann Schicht as a small soap factory in Aussig (Czech: Ústí nad Labem), it massively grew under the direction of his sons Heinrich and Georg. Among its brands were Schichtal, Hirsch-Seife (soap), Frauenlob (laundry detergent), Ceres (food products incl. fruit juice and coconut oil), and Ominol (scrubbing agent). Shown below is a calendar for the year 1929, likewise printed by A. Haase in Prague.

    Photo: Ostritzer Antiquariat

  3. Alt K in Krankenkost too.

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