|More Fractur goodness here today in Part 2. In case you missed it, here is Part 1.
The two handpainted birth certificate frakturs above are for brother and sister, Joseph and Margaret Spengler, dating to the 1700s. They were expected to fetch between $50,000 and $100,00 at auction last year. They were believed to be painted by a Rev. Heinrich Diefenbach, a fraktur artist and theology student. The thing I find so charming about frakturs is how they never used perspective in their illustrations, giving them a naïve, folk-art character. They are flat, and two-dimensional, with no shading nor diminishing vanishing points. This is very evident in these two fracturs above showing each subject standing in a garden with the text layered on top of the soil.
|Fraktur alphabet created around 1825-1850 in Pennsylvania. Find larger sizes
here. Line-for-line transcription from right to left reads:
A H P W, B I Q X, C K R Y, D L S Z, E M T E, F N U V, G O V E
|Writing Exercise by Johannes B. Miller, circa 1830. For transcription of the text, read here.
|Handpainted and handlettered in an embroidery pattern by artist and schoolmaster Johann Adam Eyer in 1810.
|Writing exercise by Catharina Murry in 1801. For transcription, see here.
|Book inscription with cup and alphabet, by Elisabeth Schwob, circa 1819
|Hand-drawn and colored by Henry Young in 1829 for Catharine McKnight.
|:: All images are courtesy of the Free Library of Philadelphia where there is much more Fraktur goodness.