Yesterday's Technology . . . Today!

E for Exasperation!

DURING my travels across the United States I came across a very ingenious Linotype operator.

He had taken a lower case e matrix, cut it out, turned it upside down, and somehow managed to restore the mat so it would cast within a line all right.

At times, when a new operator was working, he would insert this lower case e into the magazine of his machine, leave it for some time, then retrieve it without the operator knowing.

Soon, the galley proofs would come back to the new operator, with a lower case e upside down.

He would be instructed to run out all the lower case e's and cast a line so they could find the culprit.

But, of course, there was no upside down e, leaving the operator wondering what in the hell happened to his machine.

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