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 one of the first to cast Grotesque typefaces, offering perhaps the first sans-serif type face with lower-case letters as early as 1825.[1] The foundry was nationalized in 1946 by the new German Democratic Republic, forming Typoart, Dresden.[2]


These foundry types were produced by Schelter & Giesecke:[3]

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. ^ Lawson, Alexander S., Anatomy of a Typeface, David R. Godine, Publisher, Boston, Massachusetts, 1990, ISBN 0-87923-333-8, p. 296.
  2. ^ "Schelter & Giesecke". MyFonts. 2011-11-22. Retrieved 2011-11-22. 
  3. ^ 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