composing stick


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composing stick

[kəm′pōz·iŋ ‚stik]
(graphic arts)
A tool designed for holding type which is being assembled and justified.
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The composing sticks were arranged sideways, mimicking the desired lines and spaces of sentences, in which the inverted letters made of metal, also called letterpress, were inserted in slots to make series of words and sentences.
Because there are no primary sources for the actual typesetting and printing of the B-42 Bible, no extant type, no composing sticks, no printing press, I thought that we might be able to make some assertions about the typesetting process by working with the B-42 type.
But these unsung heroes of the composing stick had their own comments on literature:
"Much more likely, to my mind, is the printerAaAeAeAEs explanation," he wrot "Typesetters of yore had to hand pack their letters into a composing stick upside down and backward so that, when placed in the AaAeAeAenegative galley, they would print a AaAeAeAepositiveAaAeAeAE page onto the paper.
Nevertheless, the composition and printing of the text can never be entirely controlled by the author unless he or she actually takes up composing sticks and ink balls.
Among his other books are Backfield Feud (1936); Composing Sticks and Mortar Boards (1941); Career Coach (1941); Bookmaking and Kindred Amenities (1942); Ball of Fire (1956); Rebel's Roost (1956); America and Its Presidents (1959); Storybook of Science (1959); and with Paul M.