A Tour through the Haas Type Foundry in 1950

The Haas Type Foundry in Switzerland brought us famous typefaces such as Helvetica (originally called Neue Haas Grotesk). Here are some pictures of the type foundry from around 1950.  Enjoy!

Punchcutters working on the typeface Diethelm Antiqua.

Drilling with a Pantograph system

The type-casting room

In this department the letters are completed and put together in language-specific sets

The letter storage room

Shipping department

Metal storage room

Print department

Department for brass elements

Galvano department





  1. Alejandro 2013/08/17 at 11:36 PM #

    Thank you for these great historical photos!!
    Happy to know a little more about the birthplace of Helvetica.

  2. Robert 2013/08/31 at 6:27 PM #

    Thank you for sharing those great photos. What I’m most impressed with is how clean everything is!

    Thank you,


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