Sunday, September 27, 2020

Backspaces around the world

Backspaces is being enjoyed all over the place. Here are a few images from Instagram.

Friday, September 25, 2020

Figuring out Fraktur

(We're still waiting for part 2, Will.)


This text illustrates the long s in older English printing, as in beſt. Our familiar s is used at the end of words, as in Labours. This text also illustrates some ligatures: ſt in beſt, and what is supposed to be ſi  in Indiſpoſition, but seems to be an fi (f i) ligature by mistake. An ſi ligature looks like this:

The 1928 RaRo (Ransmayer & Rodrian) type catalogue offers no fewer than seven "Fraktur and Gothic" typefaces. 

The first style (42) is the one on my machine, and I believe it is found much more frequently than the others.

More reading on Wikipedia about ...

Long s
Eszett (ß)

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Michal Ajvaz on typewriters

Yes, I recently acquired a Fraktur typewriter. More about it soon.