Monday, February 27, 2012

But what IS it?

One of the most enjoyable things for me about collecting ephemera (and using it in my art) is finding unusual items.  I love it when I find something for sale (or on those rare occasions, literally finding something) and neither I nor the seller knows what it is, but we all know that it's cool.

I happened upon just such an item last week!  Maybe one of you, my wonderful readers, can help me out with this?  I honestly have no idea what it is.

I have some guesses, of course - that's half the fun!  I was thinking that it's a gauge of some sort; perhaps it's a measure of lines of type?  It may look like paper, but it's a very thin, vintage plastic (the melamine kind).  Judging by the back, it was stuck on something for a long time.  There are even tiny nail holes, so I'm guessing it was meant to be seen often.

It starts out in 1/8 (rounded) increments, as you can see.  Further up the line, starting at the 2, it goes to 1/4 increments.  Starting at the 4, it goes to half-increments, until finally at the 14 it goes every 2 numbers up to 20.

I also LOVE the font!  It doesn't look like Pica or Elite, but some other typewriter font of 50-60 years ago.  I can't tell if someone actually took the time to type this or if it came this way, but it's nicely embossed.

Whatever it is, I'm glad it exists!  This could've been thrown out SO easily, when an office closed or when the place updated to computers.  Instead, it probably languished in the back of a filing cabinet or drawer for decades before my friends at Silver Crow Creations found it!  Now it's mine!  And that makes me happy. :D

P.S.  We're getting clooooserrrr!!!  You must be telling your friends about our AWESOME giveaway, coming up when we hit the 500 mark on Facebook!  Tell your friends to "like" the page so that we can get this baby rollin'!  :D

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