Georg Trump

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Georg Trump (born July 10, 1896 in Brettheim near Schwäbisch Hall , † December 21, 1985 in Munich ) was a German calligrapher , typographer and graphic artist .

life and work

Trump-designed stamp from 1950 with the seal of Johann Sebastian Bach on the 200th anniversary of his death

Trump began studying at the Stuttgart School of Applied Arts in 1912 , but this was interrupted by the First World War. He continued it in 1919 together with Imre Reiner (1900–1987) and Walter Brudi (1907–1987) at FH Ernst Schneidler (1882–1956). From 1923 to 1926 he worked as a ceramist in southern Italy and Sardinia.

Then Trump was a professor at the crafts and arts school in Bielefeld and in 1929 at the master school for Germany's book printers under Paul Renner (1878-1956) together with Jan Tschichold (1902-1974) teacher of font design and typography. From 1931 to 1934 he worked as director of the higher graphic technical college in Berlin.

In 1934 he left Berlin at Renner's request and took over the management of the Munich school after the latter was forced to be recalled by the Nazis. 1930 to 1935 he designed fonts for H. Berthold AG ; from 1937 he worked for the type foundry CE Weber, Stuttgart. From 1939 to 1945 Trump did military service again, where he was seriously wounded shortly before the end of the war.

After 1945 the Munich school was rebuilt. From 1953, after his retirement, Trump worked as a freelance artist. During this time, Trump found increasing international recognition, especially in the USA, where he designed exhibitions in New York, among other places .

In addition to his typeface work, he created an extensive graphic work from posters, book covers and vignettes, through signets and prints to postage stamps.



All writings were published by CE Weber in Stuttgart with the exception of City and Trump Deutsch (H. Berthold, Berlin).

  • City (1930-1937)
  • Trump German (1936/1937)
  • Schadow (1938–1952)
  • Forum I (1948)
  • Dolphin I (1951)
  • Forum II (1952)
  • Amati (1951)
  • Codex (1954)
  • Palomba (1954)
  • Trump Mediaeval (1954–1962)
  • Dolphin II (1955)
  • Signum (1955)
  • Time Script (1956-1958)
  • Trump engraving (1960)
  • Jaguar (1965)
  • Mauritius (1968)
  • Trump (TR)

Exhibitions (selection)


  • Carter, Sebastian Twentieth Century Type Designers London, New York [WW Norton] 1995
  • Lehnacker, Hans [Ed.] Vita Activa. Georg Trump Pictures, Fonts & Typefaces. Munich, Typographic Society Munich 1967.

Web links

Commons : Georg Trump  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files