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>I'm not saying that at all. I haven't addressed the issues you mention (the initial presentation, Dwiggins' direction, etc).
Okay, thanks for clarifying.
>But you are comparing the digital to Dwiggins' 24 point, which was never produced.
Only for the sake of analyzing the contrast and speculating on how Dwiggins's might have evaluated the contrast of the digital.
>My "goal" here was simply to find out where it did evolve from, for better or worse.
I see. I've almost completed my hunt for the history of these outlines. I just need to check a few more facts and then I'll report my findings this weekend. Stay tuned.
>Most of the great "fat" specimen books appeared in the 1920s to early 1930s (ATF, BB&S, Linotype, Monotype, etc) but did not necessarily carry date of publication, copyright or whatever.
If Big Red contains specimens of Electra (not just the supplements) then it dates from at least 1935. If it contains Caledonia, then it would be after 1939. But I seem to recall that it doesn't have the latter.