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ISO: thumb indents?

From the contact form:

Please, I would like to know the term used for the “thumb indents” found in older hardbound dictionaries, one at the start of each new letter. Also, was making these indents considered part of the binding process, and how was it accomplished?

Robin Atkins

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  1. I think the term is “thumb index.” Here at the U.S Government Printing Office, we had (and have) machines to cut them and apply the labels. I can provide photos if you send me an email address.

  2. And the Agency Historian is again blushing — we are now called the U.S. Government Publishing Office.

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