Justus Erich Walbaum (1768-1839)
Information about the typeface designer Justus Erich Walbaum and his fonts.
Walbaum came to typography via the unusual route of confectionery. He taught himself engraving while making his own pudding moulds while working in a pastry shop. At night, he started engraving music types. Eventually he set up his own foundry in a town called Goslar.
In 1802, just before his town was to be incorporated into Prussia, he left for Weimar. Here he established another very successful foundry. His classical types were very popular for a while until the fashion changed. His name disappeared until the 1920s, when it was revived as Monotype Walbaum.
Fonts designed by Justus Erich Walbaum:
EF Walbaum Fraktur