posted on May, 10 2010 @ 08:05 PM
Originally posted by excelents
reply to post by Antor
Hmmm, just checking assuming that this document etc is from the 1950's the text appears to be fully justified, was that doable on typewriters back
Here's the problem...
Around the 1950s, single sentence spacing became the standard commercial practice in mass-print-runs in America, although this convention was adopted
slower in other English-speaking countries. However, double sentence spacing approximations were retained some in higher-cost printed works. For
example, for reasons of readability, the US government's 1959 official style guide mandated double sentence spacing in all government
documents—whether produced by "Teletypesetter, reproduction or other method.
This guideline dates to 1959. The "manual" had a published date before that year. This guideline was already in effect at that date but was revised
for more modern copying means.
A younger person wouldn't know that because all their exposure has been to "modern" fonts and "modern" printing.
Let's look at the font a little bit. Just a little. Look at the "O" and "0" here. It's different because we are using a computer that uses ASCII
to define a character. Typewriters were mechanical beasts. They use "O" for zeros also. Only a few typewriters had zero keys, but the printing head
was the same as an "O" to make repairs easier. It's also why typewriters had no number "1" but used the lower case "l" instead.
You can see the difference with the "O"s and "0"s within the document scans. The 1's are harder to tell.
I'm sure someone will come along that can add much more to this about fonts and maybe even be able to tell us what the official US DoD font was back
in ther 50's.