ID of newsprint fragment

richwrig's picture

I would like to get an ID on the fonts and symbols used in this fragment of newsprint.

This ID is with a view to dating the fragment.

I know it is beyond the scope of this site, but I would also welcome any suggestions about what it all means!

Age is unknown, but it was found in Australia.

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oldnick's picture

This may be a dumb question, but why? Do the “symbols” have any significance, or are you merely curious?

What I see—which may not be correct—is CA2, 3 and 1...

hrant's picture

Must be a legal matter, concerning the age of some pivotal piece of evidence.


oldnick's picture

The type style for the letters shown appears to be what in the late nineteenth century would have been called Antique, primarily because of the single serif on the C and the straight vertical serifs on the E...

richwrig's picture

Thanks for that suggestion.

Any idea what the symbols after the letters represent?

oldnick's picture

Any idea what the symbols after the letters represent?

Without more to go by: not a clue—could be subscripts, could be batch numbers, could be press run identifiers, could be secret military code, could be a bored typesetter…

richwrig's picture

That's all I have to go by, I fear. So I think I shall call it a day and remain clueless.

Bert Vanderveen's picture

The paper appears to have a high woodfibre content. That structure could indicate something from the late 19th, early 20th century. If it is quite brittle that would confirm this.

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