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Berthold Wolpe

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Berthold Wolpe – born 29. 10. 1905 in Offenbach, Germany, died 5. 7. 1989 in London, England – typographer, type designer, teacher.


  • 1924–27: studies at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Offenbach under Rudolf Koch. Then trains as a goldsmith in Pforzheim.
  • 1929–33: teaches at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Offenbach and from 1930–33 at the art school in Frankfurt am Main. Designs commemorative reports, trademarks, posters, book covers and typefaces.
  • 1932: meets Stanley Morison.
  • 1935: emigrates to England. 1935–40: works for Ernest Ingham’s Fanfare Press.
  • 1941–75: designs c. 1,500 book covers for the publishers Faber Faber.
  • 1955: takes part in the international Liber Librorum bible project. 1959: made a Royal Designer for Industry. 1968: given an honorary doctorate by the Royal College of Art in London. Wolpe taught at the Camberwell College of Art (1948–53), at the Royal College of Art in London (1956–75) and at the City Guilds of London School of Art (from 1975 onwards).

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