Art in Lettering

A wordy document with illustrations of hearts, flowers, and birds along the top and bottom borders.
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Most fraktur created before 1900 used German as the preferred language. Although we have come to use the term "fraktur" to refer to this form of art, in standard German, the word actually refers to the decorative hand lettering similar to Old English or Gothic, and the typeface derived from it. This birth and baptismal certificate from 1795 exemplifies the formal nature of the lettering.