Posts Tagged ‘1856’

December 15

Alexander Duguid, who proved himself to be the fastest compositor in the United States, was born this day in 1856 in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. A little more than twenty-nine years later, in the second National Typesetting Tournament, staged in Philadelphia in 1886, Duguid matched himself against the great professional speed typesetters and beat them all, with [...]

July 29

The typographical equivalent of the one-armed paper hanger is undoubtedly the left-handed compositor, and for five centuries the term has been one of derision. “How many readers of The Inland Printer,” asked Sam G. Sloane in 1888, “ever saw a left-handed typesetter? By this I mean a typesetter who picks up the types, places them [...]