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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).