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In 2022, Monotype, which also owns MyFonts, acquired Berthold‘s historic typefaces. These have thus become part of one of the largest type foundries in the world.
The Berthold Library
Founded in 1858 by Hermann Berthold in Berlin, Berthold is known for producing high-quality typefaces that have stood the test of time. By 1918, the company had risen to become the largest foundry in the world. After the Second World War, Berthold actively developed its own typesetting machines: In the 1950s Berthold introduced its first photosetting machine, the Diatype, and in the 1960s Berthold introduced the Diatronic, its first keyboard-controlled photosetting machine for mass production.
“Our stewardship will increase global visibility for Berthold’s inventory, celebrate its legacy and get these important typefaces in the hands of more creatives. But more than that, this acquisition ensures iconic type families including Akzidenz-Grotesk, Imago, and Formata remain as accessible and relevant as other historic typeface families in the Monotype library such as Helvetica® Now, Gotham, and Neue Frutiger®.”– Monotype
Complementing its own business activities in the field of typesetting machines, Berthold developed world-class typefaces. The most famous type family of the H. Berthold foundry is undoubtedly Akzidenz-Grotesk (published in 1896), known as the mother of all sans serif typefaces. With AG Book, Barmeno, Block, City, Delta, Formata, Imago and many other new and long-time favourites, further influential typefaces were created.
Today, more than 700 Berthold typefaces are available from Monotype Fonts with enhanced language support and the latest font technology. This makes their legendary typefaces more accessible to creatives than ever before. Check out the Berthold library on MyFonts!
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