Translated from original German description: Around the middle of 2013, I received a request to recreate the metal letters in which the text “Imperial Post Office” once emblazoned on the post office buildings as digital contours. When the Kaiser then came to an end after the First World War, in many places only the “Imperial” was removed, and the old lettering “POSTAMT” was often emblazoned on the facade to this day, often somewhat asymmetrically.
The questioner provided me with scans of pencil frottage, which he could rub off directly from an original address when there was scaffolding in front of such a post office. These were then supplemented with dimensions for the letter spacing.
This process provided me with a 100% accurate template for the letters A, M, O, P, S, and T. I then had to recreate the A, C, E, H, I, K, L and R as closely as possible to the original from unfortunately rather small illustrations of old post offices in order to be able to recreate the “Imperial” as well.
But since I already had 14 letters together, the last 10 of them were quite easy to build. And so, ultimately, a complete font came out of this request.
The fact that I now decided on a small caps font was also due to the photos of the old post offices, because the text was often written in small caps there too. In the end I also added digits, all punctuation marks and special characters, as well as almost all Latin letters with diacritics, so that the font can be used for more than just the IMPERIAL POST OFFICEFollow @1001graphics