Gewaard is an interpretation of Halfvette Aldine, shown in the Lettergiterij Amsterdam specimen of c.1906. The original typeface was cut in a large size for display setting: for use in praybooks for example. Such a book would be used by grandmothers, so it had to be legible in poor lighting conditions. To achieve legibility the typeface is rather condensed, with a large x-height and dark overall colour.

(Source: hungarumlaut.com)

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