A a ALLE 6UTEN SCHRIFTFORMEN WAC AUS EINER ERLERTEN YERGANGENH EINE LEBENDIGE GEGENWART HINE Why do we write and print with two alphabets? A large and a small sign are not necessary for one sound. We do not speak a capital A and a small a. We need a one-letter type alphabet. It gives us exactly the same result as the mixed type of capitals and lower-case letters, and at the same time is less burden on school children, students, professional and business men. It can be written considerably more quickly, especially on the typewriter, where a shift key would be unnecessary. Typewriting would therefore be more easily learned. Typewriters would be cheaper because of simpler con struction. Printing would be cheaper, type cases smaller, printing establishments would save space. Writing and addressing done in offices would be much cheaper. These facts apply with special force in the English language, in which the use of capital letters occurs so infrequently. It seems incomprehensible why such a huge amount of apparatus should be necessary for such little use of capitals. If it is considered necessary to emphasize the beginnings of sentences, this could be done by heavy type or wider spacing. Proper names could also be shown in another way, and for the "I" a uniform sign would have to be created. Pursuing this thought to its logical conclusion we perceive that the sound of the language ought to be given a systematic optical shape. In order to aim at a simplified type, as against that used to-day, syllables that are frequently recurring, and combined sounds (diphthongs, etc.) should be given new letter signs. The capital letters of ancient time are not legible when they are formed into sentences. They cannot, therefore, be taken into consideration. There remains only the small letters of our present-day lower case alphabet. This must be the foundation of our one-letter alphabet. And is not a sentence in a one- letter alphabet, which intrinsically possesses a formally compact construction, more harmonious, logically, than a sentence consisting of two alphabets, which com pletely differ from each other in shape and size aUe guten schriftformen wachsen aus erlebten vergangenheit in eine lebendi genwart hinein. so offenbart sich auch AHe guten Schriftformen wachsen aus erlebten Vergangenheit in eine lebendi genwart hinein. So offenbart sich auch 244 Prospectus of Bayer Type

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