Birth of a Pencil (low) tech writer 

Von A.C. bis Zinco

Von A.C. bis Zinco

Albert.—A popular small size of private note paper, 6 by 3⅞ in. when folded to fly sheet, principally preferred for ladies’ uses despite its masculine description.

Elephant.—A size of paper, 23 in. by 28 in., used occasionally in cartridge paper and paper hangings. It is supposed to derive its name from the fact that it origi­nally contained a watermark of an elephant, but there is not much evidence to support this theory.

Von A.C. bis Zinco

H., H.B., H.H. etc.—Abbreviated descriptions applied to blacklead pencils. H. signifies hard, and the exact degree of hardness is further specified by the num­ber of H’s., thus one H. would represent a merely hard pencil while 6H would correspond to about the maximum degree of hardness. H.B. denotes hard and black, while further degrees of softness and blackness are specified by the num­ber of B.’s. Thus, while B. represents a soft black pencil, B.B. would indicate a further degree of softness.

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Music Paper.—A class of high quality printing paper of standard size made with special consideration to thickness, surface, flatness and flexibility. The correct way of grain for opening easily and not curling is important.

Propelling Pencils.—The type of pocket pencil which carries a slender lead in a tube and which has a screw of similar mechanism for the purpose of propelling the lead point up for writing or down into the case for safety.

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Style.—From “stylus”, the implement with which the early Egyptians incised their historical records or beeswax tablets, the incisions being afterwards filled in with earthy colour for distinction, effect and endurance. The modern “style” is a short blunt pencil with a bone or agate point, and is used for writing on mani­fold duplicates where two-sided carbon between the leaves produces a double copy. The leaf on which the style is used is thin manifold, the transparency of which permits the carbon impression to show through clearly from the back.

Von A.C. bis Zinco

Waterline Ruling.—A method of ruling employed when the lines are required to be barely visible, as in occasional note paper and foreign bankpost orders. The ruling ink is thinned down for the purpose of a mere tint. Waterlining is also accomplished by the papermaker in the manufacture of brief foolscaps and other legal forms by embodying the pattern as a watermark. Mainly this method is employed in the production of hand-made papers, in which case the wire­mould in which the sheets are formed contains the waterline pattern in relief. The impression of the raised wires on the moist pulp creates the necessary watermark.

Von A.C. bis Zinco

Harry A. Maddox: A Dictionary of Stationery. J. Whitaker and Sons, Ltd, London. 2. überar­beitete Auflage 1942, Nachdruck 1946. Gedruckt in England von Unwin Brothers Limited, London and Woking. 10,5 × 16,5 cm, 124 Seiten. Ehemaliges Bibliotheks-Exemplar. – Der Bleistift im ersten Bild ist ein Wolff's Royal Sovereign 5151 HB, hergestellt in Pontyclun, Gla­morgan (Wales).

Stichwörter: Bücher, Museum

9 Kommentare zu „Von A.C. bis Zinco”

  1. Matthias

    Das Buch ist ja aus Preston‽ Wenn das mal nicht ein Interrobang wert ist… Harris, nach dem die Buecherei benannt ist, hat auch die Institution gegruendet, die im Laufe der Zeit zu meinem jetzigen Arbeitgeber wurde…

  2. Lexikaliker

    Das hat mich auch überrascht, wusste ich doch, dass Du dort wohnst (die Details zu Harris kannte ich indes nicht). Ja, dieser Zufall ist wirklich ein ‽ wert!

  3. Stationery Traffic

    Amazing find! I love old library stock…I have a few books which were withdrawn from the Command Lending Library, BFPO 40 (Rheindahlen, NRW)

  4. Sean

    Very nice! Thanks for sharing (and for the music paper entry). :)

  5. Lexikaliker

    Stationery Traffic: Old library stock can be appealing – all the stamps, signatures and other marks show the book's usage history.

    Sean: You’re welcome! Of course I haven't chosen the music paper entry by chance ;-)

  6. Henrik

    Ein wunderbares Buch, sehr interessant. Schließlich können wir eine einleuchtende Erklärung für Ausdrücke wie „blue laid” usw. haben..;-)
    Die Fotos sind sehr geschmackvoll auch.. Rot und Schwartz.

  7. Lexikaliker

    In der Tat – dieses Büchlein beantwortet einige Fragen, die zu stellen ich bisher versäumt habe ;-) Ich frage mich, ob es etwas Derartiges auch mal in Deutsch gab.

    Es freut mich, dass Dir die Bilder gefallen!

  8. Koralatov

    I agree the old library stock can be appealing, but newer ex-library stock is less so, in my experience. It’s usually been entombed in some kind of plastic backing which inevitably yellows and/or peels, and tends to have a lot of printed stickers rather than stamps inside.

  9. Lexikaliker

    You're right – I have also seen numerous old books which were withdrawn and offered for sale at our local library but had an ugly plastic backing that came off. However, it doesn't have to be so since there are protection films of excellent quality available like filmolux from Neschen. – The stickers are terrible because in most cases their adhesive has disintegrated and turns into goo on the first contact with solvent.


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