Here’s a gem of a paragraph, pulled completely out of context from the 1968 edition of the “IBM Journal”. This issue was composed of articles from the team that developed the IBM Selectric Composer, and the articles explain in painstaking detail the entire design philosophy and describe the minutia of every unique mechanism of the Composer. This paragraph is from the article where the engineers explain the history of typesetting and printing and exactly where the Composer fits in the picture. Contender for the earliest use of the word “Typecasting”? :D
I may have to change the tagline of my blog to “A Hot-Type Typecaster”, but technically, that would actually apply only to someone who typecasts using an old hot-lead Linotype, prints it on a letterpress, then scans it for their blog. And here, I thought *I* liked doing it the hard way.
Oh, and I should note that the IBM Journal was typeset with a Selectric Composer, and I find it amusing that if you examine the baseline of the letterforms, the brand-new Composer used to typeset the Journal has a notable amount of wonk in places, similar to my 40+ year old Composer. I’m kind of wondering if they all printed with a tiny amount of wonk in the baseline.. :D