Thursday, October 20, 2011

Up-To-Date Textbooks

Well, it would be up-to-date in 1963. I was given this book along with a plethora of other things. My other hat at Alhambra is advising the Newspaper and Yearbook staff. Publishing and design has come a long way and I could not imagine making a yearbook in a pre-digital manner. However, I would be willing to give it a try.

Beautiful typeface.
What interested me about this book was the section about "Other typesetting machines." The Varityper, of course, is pictured, but there is another machine I have never heard of. I wonder how it works?

The Varityper has "crazy eyes."

The heavy brow makes the Justowriter look mean.


  1. ...and THAT's why we publishing designers love the Mac! That font is our old pal Futura. Comes in many guises but featured here and here in Typewriterland.

  2. These machines are both good candidates for a lunatic asylum or a horror movie.

  3. The Justowriter is simply a modification of the Flexowriter from Friden which happens to use the mechanism from one of IBM's Executive typewriters instead of that of one of their ordinary typebar typewriters in a machine that uses paper tape and which can replace a Teletype machine.

  4. Incidentally, the captions to the photos were set on a VariTyper, in Sans-Serif Medium Italic. And the body text seems to have been done on an IBM Executive, or on the other machine featured, a Justowriter.