Fundicion Tipografica Richard Gans was a type foundry in business from 1888-1975. Founder, Richard Gans was the son of a doctor from Karlsbad, Austria who emigrated to Spain in 1874 where he founded the business in 1888. After his death in 1925 the foundry was led by Mauricio Wiesenthal until 1936. In the 1920s and 30s, Gans types were sold in the United States by Continental Type Founders Association.
Richard Gans' children, Ricardo, Manuel and Amalia Gans Gimeno took over operations in 1936, but Ricardo and Manuel were assassinated in the
Civil War only a few months later. During the war the foundry was used to make ammunition. Amalia Gans rebuilt the business after the war, and remained in charge until the business closed in 1975.
Type Design [ edit ]
Before 1925, the foundry cast almost no original types, taking designs from German foundries, principally those of the
Woellmer Type Foundry and Edmund Koch. Later types were designed by a number of people from within and outside the foundry including Jose Ausejo Matute, Antonio Bilbao, the founder's son Ricardo Gans, and Carlos Winkow.
Typefaces [ edit ]
Exported Typefaces [ edit ]
(1931), known as Dalia Ibarra Vaciada in Spain.
(1923) Egipcia Progreso
(c. 1930), known in Spain as Gloria Fulgor.
(1925), sold in Spain as Greco Antigua El Greco, also sold by Stephens, Shanks & Sons Ltd. as and Bristol . Rosart
(1931, Ibarra Carlos Winkow), known in Spain as Elzeviriano Ibarra, digitized in 2011 by Lucia Walter.
(1951) Italiana Cursiva
(1950, Juventud Joan Trochut-Blanchard), known in Spain as Escritura Juventud, released by Française as , digitized by Muriel Canada Type as . Blanchard
Typefaces Sold Only In Spain [ edit ]
Americanas (Tuscan style), a late 19th-century style display face.
Americanas-Titular, a late 19th-century style display face.
Antigua Adornada, a late 19th-century style display face.
Antigua Manuscrito (Hermann Delitsch)
Antigua Progreso (1923)
Bodoni and Bodoni Redonda
Carmen Adornada, a late 19th-century style display face.
Carmen, a late 19th-century style display face.
Elzevirianas Adornadas, a late 19th-century style display face.
Escorial, (1960, Antonio Bilbao)
Españolas Adornadas, a late 19th-century style display face.
Filetes de Bronce
Filetes de Metal
Gloria Reformada, (1930)
Gótico Cervantes, (1928)
Grotesca Estrecha Hercules
Grotesca Favorita, Grotesca Reformada
Grotesca Negra Cursiva
Maquina de Escrebir
Nueva Antigua #1 & #2
Orlas de Linea
Radio Gris (1930)
Tipos de Adorno, a late 19th-century style display face.
Tipos de Texto
Utopian, a late 19th-century style display face.
Velázquez, a late 19th-century style display face.
Vulcano (1920s), copied by Ludlow as Vulcan Bold.
References [ edit ]
Jaspert, W. Pincus, W. Turner Berry and A.F. Johnson.
The Encyclopedia of Type Faces. Blandford Press Lts.: 1953, 1983. ISBN 0-7137-1347-X. Friedl, Ott, and Stein,
Typography: an Encyclopedic Survey of Type Design and Techniques Throughout History. Black Dog & Levinthal Publishers: 1998. ISBN 1-57912-023-7.