Frl. Menke – short for Fräulein Menke (“Miss Menke“) – is the stage name of Franzi Menke. Born in Hamburg in 1960, the singer came to fame in 1982, when her NDW single “Hohe Berge” entered the German Top Ten. It has sold more than 2.5 million copies to date.
The modular capitals used on the cover also adorned the sleeve of her second single from that year, “Traumboy”, as well as that of the self-titled debut LP, Frl. Menke. Their exact origin and designer is unknown to me. The display typeface with letterforms crudely constructed from little bricks was shown by Typeshop asHelicopter already in 1973, without credit, and with a glyph set that only included capital letters. Chances are that this amateur design was exclusive to the German phototypesetting chain.