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It seems to me that the versions of Palatino™ we see today are slightly... how should I put it... "dumbed down" from the one I remember seeing as a kid. This would be only about 25-30 years ago. The version I liked seemed to resemble Michelangleo a little bit, but of course had a lowercase version.
Some of its features as I remember...
• the lowercase e had a much more pronounced diagonal cutoff at its corner
• the gooseneck on the numeral 1 was much more pronounced
• the thin parts of the zero were roughly diagonal from each other; the zero in the present Palatino™ has its thin parts almost vertical from each other
I'm sure there were more differences, but... am I imagining things here? Can anyone shed some light on this?
By the way... I love this site. I thought I was the only one around that obsessed about this stuff!