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Old 02-04-2008, 06:43 AM   #7
Michael Rowley
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I guess George and I should have gone to school in the UK
If you had, you would have talked funny, like us! But it is not a generation thing, since all of my children had the same scales on their wooden rulers: the two edges seen from the convex face had inches and tenths and inches and eighths; the two edges of the flat face had inches and sixths on one edge and centimetres and millimetres on the other.

That didn't change (in England) during my own 14 years at school (1934-1948), or much later. Nowadays, cheaper plastic rulers have probably displaced the wooden ones. Most printer's rules are no good nowadays, because 72 of the 'old' picas do not equal 12 inches (I've got one, made in the USA, bought about 1990).

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