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ISO: Upcharging for Italics

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I have heard that back in the 1930s that printers would charge more money when a book required the occasional use of Italic type when needed. I myself do not see logic in that. Do you have any insight?

MikeChase Eaton


  1. The reason for premium charges for italicized print was that the typeset had to be changed, inked and then cleaned. This required time and as the old saying goes, “time is money.”

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