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Old 02-19-2007, 05:35 PM   #1
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Default Lincoln's Cooper Union Speech

Tonight I was watching a book talk by two authors about Lincoln. One of them mentioned about how Lincoln delivered a speech on February 24, 1860, at Cooper Union in Manhattan, and how this speech was set in type in time for him to proofread it at the New York Herald Tribune about midnight, after he delivered the speech and had dinner.

The question for our printing experts is whether a 7,500 word speech could have been set at a newspaper while he was having dinner, or whether they might have made an earlier draft from his handwritten speech. I am guessing that hand typesetting by very experienced newspaper typesetters could be done in an hour or two, but maybe not.
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