Prompt  ….

PHOTO PROMPT © Sandra Crook
Howard George Kettler invented a widely used typeface of the twentieth century. Kettler’s Courier typeface was used more than Times-New-Roman and Helvetica combined. The U.S. State Department used Courier-New-12 as its default font for treaties and other official diplomatic documents till 2004.
The small typeset-mechanical press was finally buried in the last decade and Mr Trebuchets sold his press paraphernalia at a garage sale.
Wentworth (Jr) bought the wooden trays used to keep the type-sets (~sorts) and started a garden but could not sustain it from the depredation by transgenic-bees of the from neighboring farm.
The union of tangible and intangible.
Words ~ 101  100

Thanks for the prompt Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. SHALOM.

45 thoughts on “Epilogue

  1. I still use Courier New, mostly at work, when I am trying to distinguish between ‘data’ and ‘information’. The typeset reminds me of my old mainframe days. A very creative use of the prompt I might add.

  2. What an amazing link to make, between type trays and bees! I suppose in some ways electronic printing did for the old presses rather as transgenic bees did to Mr Wentworth’s garden.

  3. Like the history so much and then the heart sinking feeling when stuff gets sold off at a yard sale -we all have different takes on the value of items – not everyone values what was once used a lot – and just feeling the trays become garden beds resonated with me deeply.
    Also – do like the twist
    Oh and – I noticed you were at 101 words
    Not that it matters – but if u want to get to 100
    This “bees of the neighboring farm.” could nix the of the and use “from”

    • I doubt if they are routinely used nowadays. However, lead is an ubiquitous metal and I often wonder if lead poisoning still exists in pockets unknown to us.
      Thank you. 🙂

  4. Such an involved and informative story – the interweaving of fact and fiction, and the following of the trays from safe-keepers of the font to keeps of bees. Beautifully done.

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