The photo is part of larger one taken by Raymond Wardenær.
Colon between words, I’ve newer seen that before.
(dot) " FREIA : CHOCKOLADE : FABRIK " (dot)
Written in Norway at a time of large Danish influence to the language.
“Freia” is the brand of the chocolate and “fabrik” is the factory, the actual production site is the building in the picture.
Colon is otherwise used to separate numbers in many systems.
I cannot find (or fully understand?) explanations in online versions of Merriam Webster nor Encyclopedia Britannica.
It may mark a pause or connection between the words, visibly prettier than a “-”. And there’s also a visual connection to the leading and ending dots.
In modern Norwegian these words would be written with the name of the brand separated with a space and the two describing words concatenated, i.e. the separation marker removed: “sjokoladefabrikk” or with the old spelling like “chocoladefabrik”.
“In Ethiopia, both Amharic and Ge’ez script used and sometimes still use a colon-like mark as word separator. Historically, a colon-like mark was used as a word separator in Old Turkic script.”
Well then, (some of) the blue eyed people of Scandinavia came all the way from Turkey, but that was too long ago to remember the use of colon as a word separator, I think.
The other interesting thing is, those aren’t really colons — at least, not in a traditional sense. The upper and lower dots are too separated, far higher/lower (respectively) than you’d find in most typographic colons — they’re placed almost exactly even with the baseline and the topmost edge of the capital “E”. A colon may sit on the baseline (or it may be higher), but then its upper dot is typically not far above the centerline.
It’s certainly possible, technically, for a typeface to use such spread-out colons. And I assume there’s at least one font out there somewhere, that could be held up as an example of such a design in practice. Rule 34 applies at least as much to typography as it does to porn.
But what we’re looking at there much more closely resembles U+205A TWO DOT PUNCTUATION, which looks like this — ⁚ Or, in context:
FREIA ⁚ CHOCOLADE ⁚ FABRIK
Unicode’s typically-sparse-and-unhelpful notes on that glyph say:
• historically used to indicate the end of a sentence or change of speaker
• extends from baseline to cap height
(“Historically” when? Where? WHOSE history?)
The subblock U+205A occupies within “General Punctuation” is apparently the “Archaic Punctuation” subblock, so that part checks out. It was introduced in 2005 with the release of Unicode version 4.1.