Fraktur is a manuscript-based folk art created by German immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania beginning in 1683. The term fraktur is derived from the Latin fractura (breaking), in reference to the fractured style of lettering it often features.
The Free Library of Philadelphia's Rare Book Department contains one of the largest fraktur collections in the United States, with more than 1,300 pieces.
This image is part of the Rare Book Department's Pennsylvania German Fraktur and Manuscripts Collection.
Southeastern Pennsylvania; c. 1800-1820