In 1849 J. M. Scribner published the following list in his Scribner's Engineers' and Mechanics' Companion, 9th ed. (page 12). Notice the biggest size, fully 10 feet long, is named “Uncle Sam”. Was this a poke at the Imperial, Royal and Super-Royal sizes of Europe? This name was one of the earlier references to this symbol of the U.S. government.
|Name of size||Dimensions in inches|
An article in the March 1854 issue of Scientific American listed the following sizes:
|Name of Size||Dimensions
|Foolscap||14 by 17|
|Crown||15 by 20|
|Folio Post||16 by 21|
|Demy||17 by 22|
|Medium||19 by 24|
|Royal||20 by 25|
|Super Royal||22 by 27|
|Imperial||22 by 32|
|Medium and Half||24 by 28½|
|Royal and Half||25 by 29|
|Double Medium||24 by 38|
|Double Medium Super Royal||27 by 42|
|Double Medium Imperial||32 by 44|
An advertisement by the Crane Brothers, Westfield, Mass., 1876:
Note the difference in the sizes of reams, and that 23×34 is called “Columbier” as bank ledger, but “Columbia” as linen lined ledger. On the right, “Boyal” is a misprint for “Royal”.
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