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THE MOST PUZZLING, DO TELL!
PRINTING HISTORY, Issue 37, page 17, right hand column: A rather interesting comment by Nicolas Barker.
¶ NICOLAS BARKER SAYS " is the most puzzling episode of all. The conventional method for such a transfer would have been by sending type. Instead, the ancient pattern letters, in terms of English Monotype superseded by the elaborate refinements to all sizes made from April 1931 onwards, were returned to Philadelphia."
¶ ONE WONDERS HOW Nicolas Barker could be so conversant with "conventional methods" used at the Lanston Monotype Machine Company? "The little birdie in the window"?
So let me get this straight, "The conventional method for such a transfer would have been by sending type." Really . . . how fascinating?
He should ask Jim Rimmer how many "little birdies in the window" it took to off load Centaur patterns from that flatdeck.
Let me describe Centaur patterns, they can not be depicted as "conventional" Lanston patterns. Centaur patterns are lead backed, layered with an electroplated shell including, in relief, the image of the letter. A striking resemblence to patterns made like these.
Also electroplated, not stamped, are to be found the words, 'Great Britain'.
Bob Graves, formerly from Autologic would remember them, or Jeff Level former executive of Monotype Typography, probably Sumner Stone, perhaps even Mike Parker. I'll just bet John Hudson of Tiro Typeworks can remember them too.
I remember them too.
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