Stempel Garamond was one of the true Garamond revivals since it was designed based on the Egenolff-Berner specimen sheet of 1592 that shows Claude Garamond’s roman types. As a machine-set metal type, it was first issued in 1925 by Stempel Type Foundry (D. Stempel AG) in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, and released through Linotype in other countries. “In the early 1900s, Stempel developed an exclusive relationship with Linotype, becoming one of just a few producers of matrices for the Linotype Machine worldwide”. Once released, it has remained one of the frequently used text fonts.
Many evaluate that the design has unique characteristics. Allan Haley, an author and typography expert, said Stempel Garamond epitomizes the European style of Garamonds. “Its strong calligraphic influence, vivid contrast in stroke thickness, small x-height, and traditional wide capitals create a lively texture on the page". The Linotype website states that, “Stempel Garamond has its own unique temperament, with a rhythm and sharpness that set it apart from other Garamonds”. Also, “This design is a good sharp cut; it suffers from very short descenders made to fit it on the German standard alignment of the period, which was based on Blackletter proportions,” stated on the MyFonts website.