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Started by MICHAEL BURKA, October 11, 2022, 02:17:27 AM
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QuoteIn America, the type and presses we use are made for type height to be .918 of an inch. The two best explanations thus far for this seemingly arbitrary yet very specific value are: The height of a British shilling placed on edge is .918 of an inch '. . . Then the American Point System was devised and agreed upon in 1886 by the United States Type Founders' Association. Eighty-three picas became equal to thirty-five centimeters, then dividing the pica into twelve equal parts, (points). Thirty-five centimeters then also became a standard for type-high (height-to-paper). By this plan fifteen type-heights (.918) were made to equal thirty-five centimeters.' – Theodore Low De Vinne's (c) 1899, Plain Printing Types, Oswald Publishing Co., New York, 1914.
Quote from: listohan on October 11, 2022, 10:29:21 PMI wonder if there was an equally fascinating story behind the last half inch when the railway gauge was being agreed upon or imposed—one standard that crossed the Atlantic.