Blackletter, also known as Old English or Gothic script, was a script used throughout Western Europe from approximately 1150 until the 17th century. The Blackletter lines are broken up; that is, their forms contain many angles when compared to the smooth curves of common typefaces. Because the letters look “broken”, Blackletter or Gothic letters are therefore also called Fraktur (Broken Script).
Fraktur was widely used shortly after the invention of the printing press and eventually took its final form around the year 1520. The printing press using single letters, originated in the mid-15th century (1450).
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