Free Library of Philadelphia Shop

Fraktur Magnet - Alphabet

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


The FLP Library Shop offers charming literary gifts for any occasion, including signed books, mugs, tote bags, stationery, and more—many featuring designs inspired by Library’s own special collections.

Proceeds from shop sales benefit the Free Library of Philadelphia—advancing literacy, guiding learning, and inspiring curiosity every day!

Latest Tweets