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TIL (click to go to the thread, which probably has more interesting tidbits I missed). Bonus:



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TIL (click to go to the thread, which probably has more interesting tidbits I missed).

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gay-impressionist reblogged with comment25 days ago

Ok but "case" isn't old French, we still use that word ("box" just doesn't always translate to "case"). Post

chipdawes reblogged with comment1 month ago

some of you never took a typing class or did keyline editing and it shows. (course, why would you have done that shit?) Post

aris-stardust reblogged with comment1 month ago

As for me I just hate the way the lower case was organized Post

artificial-father reblogged with comment1 month ago

Skeuomorphisms are one of my newest interests... ^.^ Post

vriskas-8log reblogged with comment1 month ago

This is amazing Post

dollsahoy reblogged with comment1 month ago

The lack of that, in terms of randomizing alternate forms of the same letter, is why the comic book text edits are always so. blazingly. obvious. (to people who know what to look for.)  It’s especially egregious in double letter words--if the letters are exactly the same, it’s not the hand-lettered original text Post

taraljc reblogged with comment1 month ago

also what you call fonts are actually typefaces and if I filled the world, every single typeface (apart from serif and sans-serif ones obvs) would have contextual alternates. Post

deathcomes4u reblogged with comment2 months ago

Honestly cool as fuck that people collectively just carried over all this terminology beyond the technology and into each new version, even though they could have decided at any stage between printing presses and typewriters and computer keyboards and word processors to just.... change it and make people learn a new thing, but they didn't, because it already works well enough it would be less efficient to change it. Which is really neat. Post

sunnysidesidra reply to this Photo2 months ago

I remember using a reposition-able wax bath to set type that we used to cut with exactoblades. Wayyyy before Microsoft came out

2 months ago
lczielinsky reblogged with comment2 months ago

Learned all this in my first year journalism class. (1989). Still makes me feel wonderfully geeky to remember all this (and in some cases, used the “old style” printing tools mentioned in my first internship). Post

ivalane reblogged with comment2 months ago

I was today years old when I learned. . . Post

manondesercoeur reblogged with comment3 months ago

Hey, happy to meet you here @paddysnuffles! My grandfather was also a typesetter or typograph (”typographe” in French). By the way, the french word is not “case” but “casse” (via Italian “cassa” from Latin “capsa” and yes, a “capsula” was a tiny box!) Post

heatandapathy reblogged with comment3 months ago

I knew the bit about the return and shift keys, but the rest is mindblowing. Post

selectivegeekwithstandards reblogged with comment4 months ago

My Entire knowledge of printing and typewriters comes from The Truth by Terry Pratchett, that one scene in tarzan where the gorillas find the human camp and play music (there was a typewriter) and now this post. Post

aegipan-omnicorn reblogged with comment4 months ago

I learned to type on a manual typewriter; those things were loud, because the hammers with the letters on them hit the carriage roll with such force (look up the “Typewriter Concerto,” where the typewriter is actually used as a percussion instrument).Electric typewriters were easier, because the electricity was used to fling the hammer at the paper, and not brute force. But they were still loud. I sometimes miss that sound when I’m writing – “getting into a rhythm” was also literal. Post

tmifangirl24 reblogged with comment4 months ago

History Post

sadlittlekittkat reblogged with comment4 months ago

My gramma had a typewriter still when i was a kid. She would let me write on it! I can remember the nostalgic ring as as if it were yesterday. Gosh, i miss it.. Post

juliainfinland reblogged with comment4 months ago

Yes, typesetter is the right word. Typesetting is the activity/occupation. I’m a bit of a hobbyist typesetter myself, but I use TeX, not physical lead type. *giggles* I’ve always wanted to learn Metafont and get into type design, but who has the time? *big sigh* Post

obscurereferencewoman reblogged with comment4 months ago

Oh,this is a good thread! Yes, some electric typewriters (I learned to type on an IBM Selectric) did have a dual ribbon that would let you correct a letter by typing over it in white. Smith-Corona had ribbons in cartridges that could do that, or switch from black to red ink. My scout troop went to our local paper's office and I had my name in linotype for ages. I typed my college work on an old Royal manual machine, when we were allowed to type! And Mike Nesmith of the Monkees? His mom invented... Post

maneth985 reblogged with comment4 months ago

In 2005 I did a course of Desktop Publishing which included linotype, as in putting the word blocks in order and print them. It was simultaneously interesting and tiresome cause I had to be standing a lot and finding the right letters (same font and size) took a long time because students are messy and never put shit where it went, plus my hands were always dry and filthy from the ink, that subject was I think for History purposes, to know how printing started. Post

thesaltofcarthage reblogged with comment4 months ago

yes, typesetter is the correct English word. And your family is awesome. Post

whatevercomestomymind reblogged with comment4 months ago

I was shocked to learn in middle school that these things werent common knowledge. Post

ozma914 reply to this Photo4 months ago

I'm a little depressed, thinking that I used to actually do a lot of those things that people are now discussing as surprising history.

4 months ago
ramblebrambleamble reply to this Photo4 months ago

@oh-wow-i-have-nice-cheekbones

4 months ago
paddysnuffles reblogged with comment4 months ago

My great granddad was a journalist who started out as a typesetter* (the person who would put the letters in order to form the article for printing) back when the letters were literally kept in the cases and lead strips were used, before being promoted to journalist at age 14 to write his first article (on the sinking of the Titanic, no less!).  Post

nerdsquad reblogged with comment5 months ago

So epic Post

mxspikybootsftw reblogged with comment5 months ago

Quite an interesting read Post

xennialrants reblogged with comment5 months ago

Wow. The only thing I knew from this is the save disk which I bought a bunch of in different colours for my first year of uni- one for each subject, which flash drives soon superseded but yeah they were like *stationary accessories* for a time. Had their own little case and all. Post

kilsikon7 reblogged with comment5 months ago

I love all of this Post

heywetotheotherworld reblogged with comment5 months ago

-ding!- Post

jborracho reblogged with comment5 months ago

Takes me back to my days as a printers devil for The Kerman News in Kerman, California. We did the whole paper by hand and the linotype. It was fascinating for this 13 year old boy. I worked there helping put the paper to bed each week, ran paper bags on the hand press and ever did some reporting. 5 cents a word. Post

ravnlghtft reply to this Photo5 months ago

My uncle ran a Linotype

5 months ago
octii-pies reblogged with comment5 months ago

Idk if I believe all that Post

tobimonkee reblogged with comment5 months ago

i have seen all this stuff but some of it was cuz i worked at a museum lol  Post

eh-fandomtrash reblogged with comment5 months ago

This is my dad’s life and a chink of my childhood. Post

ladyjouster reblogged with comment6 months ago

Tap, tap, tap....*thwip* *ding* Post

brunhiddensmusings reblogged with comment6 months ago

ye gods i remember using a typewriter back in middle school in the late 90s, it was a damned sight better then my atrocious handwriting for turning in any kind of lengthy paper. in a way im nostalgic enough i would dig out a typewriter again for the hell of it but damned if getting new ink ribbons wouldnt be harder then keeping the ink on a printer full 1- speaking of which i recall when the ‘backspace’ key thus would not just shift you BACK a SPACE but it requried you taking out a ribon of... Post

somewherebetweenxandy reblogged with comment6 months ago

This all pleases me. And I used a typewriter for writing up to the age of about 16/17 (when PCs came into use I was just leaving school) so I remember all the sounds. Post

makeitdewey reblogged with comment6 months ago

686 Printing & related activities Post

portorosei reblogged with comment6 months ago

aw gosh the bits about stereotype and cliche... i could only let out a breath at that. Post

bugy-boo reblogged with comment6 months ago

Mhmm I love some type and language even if it makes me cry!!! Post

revrendoni reblogged with comment6 months ago

@devinmidnightlynx Post

alexartemisia reblogged with comment6 months ago

I just learned a lot. Post

papergardener reblogged with comment6 months ago

The stereotype and cliche fucked me over Post

kirkypet reblogged with comment6 months ago

Ting Post

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