Schelter & Giesecke Type Foundry

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J.G. Schelter & Giesecke
Industry Type foundry
Founded 1819
Founder Johann Schelter, Christian Giesecke
Defunct 1946
Headquarters Leipzig, Germany
Key people
Georg Belwe

J.G. Schelter & Giesecke was a German type foundry and manufacturer of printing presses started 1819 in Leipzig by punchcutter Johann Schelter and typefounder Christian Giesecke. The foundry was nationalized in 1946 by the new German Democratic Republic, forming Typoart, Dresden.[1]


These foundry types were produced by Schelter & Giesecke:[2]

The foundry claimed by the twentieth century to have been one of the first to offer general-purpose sans-serif typefaces with lower-case, as early as 1825.[3][4] This was repeated by some authors, but is now known to be untrue. Walter Tracy comments that the claimed date is "forty years too early" and James Mosley describes it as "thoroughly discredited".[5][6]

Press Manufacturing[edit]

Beginning in 1827 Schelter & Giesecke manufactured letterpress presses, cylinder proof presses and platen presses; and after World War I also of web-fed, letterpress and flexo printing presses.


  1. ^ "Schelter & Giesecke". MyFonts. 2011-11-22. Retrieved 2011-11-22. 
  2. ^ 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, p. 2408-249
  3. ^ Lawson, Alexander S., Anatomy of a Typeface, David R. Godine, Publisher, Boston, Massachusetts, 1990, ISBN 0-87923-333-8, p. 296.
  4. ^ Handbuch der Schriftarten. Leipzig: Seeman. 1926. 
  5. ^ Mosley, James. "Comments on Typophile thread - "Unborn: sans serif lower case in the 19th century"". Typophile (archived). Archived from the original on 28 June 2014. Retrieved 15 October 2016. 
  6. ^ Tracy, Walter. Letters of Credit. p. 86.