>I'm curious why it survived the Fraktur -> Antiqua transition, as it's
>very clearly a long s-s ligature in the Fraktur. If it survived, why
>didn't the long s?
The long s did survive for quite a long time, and not just in German texts.
The long s was standard in English printing until almost the end of the
18th century, and survived in Irish publishing into the early 19th century.
The essay I referred to in my other message addresses your question
directly and is titled 'Vom Schicksal des [longs s] in der Antiqua'.
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