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Subject:Re: old school From:Keith Hood <klhra -at- yahoo -dot- com> To:techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com Date:Mon, 19 May 2008 08:46:12 -0700 (PDT)
OK, on this type thing, I think I can claim to be the
dinosauriest. I was a commercial art major. I learned
how to cast off and justify type by hand. I had a
slide rule and things like Jeppesen flight plotters,
that were designed to give you a quick solution on how
much space to allow between a lower case Caslon m and
an upper case Bodoni bold W.
Yes, X-Acto knives, rubber cement, rule tapes...heck,
I had projects where we had to use rub-on dry transfer
lettering to create the heads and subheads because
none of the machines would print large enough.
I took a couple of classes in drafting. We had to
learn how to use different hardnesses of pencil leads
for different line widths. For inking drawings, we
used ruling pens that had to be charged with liquid
ink by using a sable brush. When I bought a set of
Rotring drafting pens and saw the incredibly clean
lines they produced, I was in hog heaven.
> <raises her hand> As a student I worked on the
> college paper doing
> exactly that - typesetting with the Justowriter and
> then pasting up the
> camera ready copy by waxing the back of each story
> and placing it on the
> layout sheets. For copyfitting we used an EXacto
> Knife to cut the copy.
> We had rolls of rules (lines) in various sizes and
> laying them straight
> was always a bit of a challenge. Cutting and pasting
> -- pshah, the young
> whippersnappers today don't know how good they have
> Later as a communicator in the military I used a
> typing reperforator to
> create paper tape in Murray code. In those early
> days as a writer I also
> worked on low-budget newsletters where we did
> typewriter justification
> -- manually adding spaces between words and
> sentences to justify the
> text. That meant typing it at least twice, or more
> if you counted wrong.
> I also used to buy rolls of 3-ply teletype paper to
> run through my
> typewriter (a Remington manual, if you please). 1
> original and 2 copies
> from one pass through the machine, and since it was
> a roll I never had
> to stop to insert a new sheet of paper. The paper
> was colored green,
> yellow and pink, but it was perfect for drafts.
> Again with the cutting
> and pasting to get the final story, at which point I
> typed up a pristine
> version on white paper for submission.
> Which I then had to deliver by hand, walking uphill
> in a snowstorm.
> Jessica Weissman wrote:
> > Did anybody use a Friden Justowriter, which let
> you type copy on one
> > machine which created a paper tape with punched
> holes. You then fed
> > that tape through a reader attached to another
> machine, which in turn
> > produced justified camera-ready copy.
> > Setting copy on one of these was my first job out
> of high school.
> > - Jessica
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