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Old 08-24-2005, 04:49 PM   #1
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Default Mystery of U.S. Declaration of Independence

This very interesting (and fairly strange) tale about the original Declaration of Independence document is definitely worth a look-see.

It begins like this:
Artemy Lebedev
§ 113. The mystery of the Declaration of Independence
April 1, 2005

01 This story started in June last year, when the author was engaged in researching some documents in the sheet materials section of the Central State Archive of Foreign History of Ukraine based in Kiev. Much agitated Nikolay Kislenko, the head of the archive, approached me and said, “Now come, there’s something I want to show you. You’ve never seen anything like it.”

02 On one of the storage shelves in the vaults lay a thick lincrusta-bound folder with Nor[th] Am[erica]. [War 17]75–83 written on it in correction fluid. Among the letters, etchings, a variety of billboards and fly-sheets lay a moldering sheet folded three times—the U.S. Declaration of Independence of 1776 . . .

Noted type designer David Berlow (Font Bureau) fixed it. You can view Berlow’s corrected copy of the Declaration as well.

[Noted on Typophile]

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