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Subject: Fournier, Didot, Franklin
From: DAVID IBBETSON <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:TYPO-L Discussion of Type and Typographic Design <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 19 Aug 1996 19:48:20 -0400

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There were French, German, British, etc. inches. All nominally the width of
a thumb and 1/12 of the length of a foot. After the fall of the Roman Empire
every major city had its own standards for weights and measures. I have
assumed that "Type height" started as Gutenberg's approximation to the
inch, as interpreted by the burghers of the city in which he acquired his
measuring stick.

Many readers will be aware of the difference between US and UK liquid
measure. At the time of the American Revolution Britain had two bushells in
use. In the 19th century the UK standardised on the larger one while the US
standardised on the smaller one.

David (the idiot) Ibbetson
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