>>In a message dated 4/20/2004 11:27:29 AM Eastern Standard Time,
>>[log in to unmask] writes:
>>In anycase, this whole argument about 'proper' apostrophes is laughable.
>>What all these so-called expert typographers are calling proper has only
>>been standard for the last 50 years or so.
>>Who ever told you that nonsense?
>Interesting question. Might have been the fellow I apprenticed with when
>I learned to set movable type, or my paleography professor in graduate school.
>It's been a long time.
Well, whoever it was ...
I have samples of 18th century typesetting (mostly Caslon), which all
have what you refer to as 'proper' apostrophes.
In metal type, I have never seen vertical quotes or apostrophes.