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letters to/from the editor                          challenge. And yet I left to start a printing
                                                    business. (And what a challenge that was
  AMUSING c21 GUIDELINES                            too!) So there is something in print that ‘just
                                                    gets us’!
  Dear Editor, I enjoyed reading the ‘Spacing
  Guidelines’ in November’s Small Printer and          If more of you out there could emulate
  thought to myself ‘ah, here is a nice example     Kate and let us know about some of your
  of awful typesetting rules from that nadir of     experience in starting or staying with print-
  typography, the mid-19th century’.                ing, what a goldmine we would all enjoy.
     Imagine my horror when I read the little
  caption on the left which told me that it comes   Dear Paul, I was absolutely delighted to
  from presumably a very recent book (as it calls   receive your letter concerning the ‘Spacing
  itself a 21st Century Guide). Most of the         Guidelines’. The article in November’s Small
  rules given would have been considered            Printer has really raised some passion—
  very bad practice by mid-twentieth century        which is exactly what I was wanting the
  typesetting standards, and indeed in some         article to do. And it proves that the magazine
  cases the exact opposite of that suggested        is at least read!
  in the 21st Century Guide is appropriate. For
  example, less space after a point or punc-           Initially we had some appreciative emails
  tuation, decrease space between words             from members new to letterpress, saying
  rather than increase (if you can) to justify      that it was wonderful to at last have such a
  a line. En quadding after a point and other       ‘clear’ set of rules. This again was plea-
  punctuation? Strewth, a recipe for rivers!        sing in that I have always hoped that the
                                                    magazine imparted knowledge around our
     However, I am now interested in seeking        society. But then we had a number of
  out this book, if only in the hope that the rest  comments such as yours, saying that the
  is as amusing as this excerpt.                    rules were bad practice.

                        Paul Hatcher (10648)           Marty’y Brown’s book is well presented,
                                                    in an American way, and has had some good
  Dear Kate, I would just like to thank you         reviews. In that it seems to cover a gap in
  for your article (see page 18). When you          the market, it is unfortunate that she has
  first wondered if you might have some-            got so much wrong, at least with her spacing
  thing of interest to say, I replied “of course    suggestions.
  you have”; and how I have been proved
  right. Your article is of great interest, in         So thank you again for writing in and
  that it jumps with enthusiasm (and joy)           raising this important subject. I would be
  for letterpress printing, even although           delighted to send you the book, if you would
  you have had such a varied and excit-             respond by a critique that we could
  ing career with the BBC. In many ways it          publish.—Ed
  mirrors my own experience after some
  twenty five years in the Royal Navy, when
  almost every day was a new experience and

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