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Blackletter

The very first fonts to appear in Europe were Blackletter fonts modelled on gothic scripts of the later Middle Ages. During the 15th century, Blackletter fonts were more popular than Latin. Sometimes the’re called Old English, and come in many forms, from the hyper-formal and constructed Textura (think Gutenberg) to Fraktur, Bastarda, Schwabacher, and scores of contemporary interpretations. Nowadays, you’ll seldom see blackletter fonts used in longer texts, but they can be used to make quite an impression in all kinds of display settings.