The first step to understanding fraktur is to look carefully at a few specimens and note what you see. Generally, the text of the piece is central to the composition and is surrounded by ornamental embellishment. Further, the text is of a distinctive style, marked by angularity and obviously of the “gothic” family. The overall appearance is that of folk art. The language is German.
Folk life scholar Don Yoder confirms and explicates these observations. He defines fraktur as “the manuscript art of the Pennsylvania Germans.” (more)
Fraktur art and calligraphy is often found in baptismal or wedding certificates.
Learn more about Fraktur art here.