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The end of the Amsterdam’s curly letter 😢

I have a rather sad story to tell you this week. Lately I passed café De Doofpot at the Amstelveensew

Type Mafia

November 4 · Issue #7 · View online
Hi! I’m Gerben Dollen, smart capo at @TypeMafia. I really enjoy sharing my on- and offline observations. Every now and then I write my musings on design, typography in particular, and other interesting things I come across.

I have a rather sad story to tell you this week. Lately I passed café De Doofpot at the Amstelveenseweg and some renovations about to happen immediately caught my attention. I’m not talking about some minor issues like painting frames, but some serious works due to a change of ownership. Unfortunately I found nobody out there, so I went back the other day — afraid the new bartender wouldn’t respect the frontstore’s historic handmade lettering sign.

Then facing cleared windows. Oh no! I was already too late. Apart from a bit the removal tool couldn’t reach, all gone: 
Well, one window had already been replaced by some disgusting vinyl type before (below left). But the other had remained original (below right):
What’s left now are only some low resolution samples online. Street view until Google drives through the street again — and this image of the left window’s previous sign: 
Offline there’s a greater memory of this rapidly disappearing unique lettering style. It’s documented in the multilingual book De Amsterdamse krulletter, which I hope will be reprinted in full colour instead of black and white one day.
Meanwhile: I can cry. I have no idea about pricing for a window replacement, but I’m sure I would’ve happily purchased it from them to keep the sign alive.
Who’s next? Café Helmers perhaps.
Soothing Music
Apart from Radio Nova at night (because no ads, no news, no chats, no bullshit but instead a perfect, surprising playlist) and Gilles Peterson’s weekly show at BBC Radio 6 Music, I hardly listen to radio. Well, sometimes I watch radio. However, I’m really excited that Gilles launched his own station: Worlwide FM. Who doesn’t love sessions like with Laraaji, right?
Encore of the Amsterdam’s curly letter
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