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ktinkel
08-24-2005, 05:49 PM
This very interesting (and fairly strange) tale about the original Declaration of Independence (http://www.artlebedev.com/mandership/113/) document is definitely worth a look-see.

It begins like this:Artemy Lebedev
§ 113. The mystery of the Declaration of Independence
April 1, 2005

01 This story started in June last year, when the author was engaged in researching some documents in the sheet materials section of the Central State Archive of Foreign History of Ukraine based in Kiev. Much agitated Nikolay Kislenko, the head of the archive, approached me and said, “Now come, there’s something I want to show you. You’ve never seen anything like it.”

02 On one of the storage shelves in the vaults lay a thick lincrusta-bound folder with Nor[th] Am[erica]. [War 17]75–83 written on it in correction fluid. Among the letters, etchings, a variety of billboards and fly-sheets lay a moldering sheet folded three times—the U.S. Declaration of Independence of 1776 . . .
Noted type designer David Berlow (Font Bureau) fixed it. You can view Berlow’s corrected copy of the Declaration (http://typophile.com/system/files?file=Redo%20Declare-1.jpg) as well.

[Noted on Typophile (http://www.typophile.com)]

Daudio
08-24-2005, 06:19 PM
KT,

Very interesting story, though it seems to be missing an ending.

And it was very hard to read ! I'm not a graphic designer, but either my browser is screwed up, the guys site was screwed up, or some Font folks have a very strange sense of design !??!

Dave

ktinkel
08-24-2005, 06:22 PM
… it was very hard to read ! I'm not a graphic designer, but either my browser is screwed up, the guys site was screwed up, or some Font folks have a very strange sense of design !??!Do you mean the old documents or the text on the site itself?

I found the text kind of large, but have to agree that the documents were hard to focus on. Just figured they were rotten originals, but suppose they could be rotten scans. Or it could all be deliberately hard to read.

Dunno.

Anne Wright
08-24-2005, 11:06 PM
Kathleen, That was totally fascinating! And I got to looking at the other essays on the site. I love
§ 115. On marketing (http://www.artlebedev.com/mandership/115/)
Though
§ 108. On simplicity of design (http://www.artlebedev.com/mandership/108/)

is nearly as good.

Anne

ktinkel
08-25-2005, 07:04 AM
Kathleen, That was totally fascinating!

And I got to looking at the other essays on the site. I love § 115. On marketing

Though § 108. On simplicity of design is nearly as good.Thanks! When I get time I will look into those as well.

It is sites like that make the web seem worthwhile!

tphinney
08-25-2005, 04:24 PM
Urm. You did note the date of that original post, didn't you? April Fools!

Pretty good one, though. :)

ktinkel
08-25-2005, 05:15 PM
Urm. You did note the date of that original post, didn't you? April Fools!

Pretty good one, though. :)Well, no, not really, though it did seem a bit over the top. Still worth sharing, however.

On the other hand, I loved Berlow’s enhancements.

Anne Wright
08-25-2005, 08:40 PM
Kathleen, They are both a quick read....
Anne