Posts Tagged ‘1802’

July 2

One of the earliest experiments in the creation of a roman alphabet which could satisfactorily lend itself to the more economic aspects of typesetting was granted the approbation of a patent on or about this day to Philip Rusher in 1802 by the British Patent Office. Rusher’s patent (No. 2620) reads as follows: “Various Improvements [...]

February 22

On this day in 1802 the Philadelphia Typographical Society presented a list of rates which printers expected to receive from their employers for the various classes of work. The Society had been formed that year as a benevolent and trade group. It exists in that capacity at the present time and is the oldest of [...]

January 2

According to Mr. P.J. Conkwright, typographer to Princeton University, the first use, to his knowledge, of the type-cast dollar sign ($) occurred in the year 1802 on this date. The vehicle of this typographic innovation was William Duane’s Philadelphia Aurora, in which appeared a Treasury Department report by Abraham Alphonse Albert Gallatin, the brilliant Swiss [...]