5922Re: [coldwarcomms] Bell system symbol
- Jun 3, 2003
>Some of the Long Lines patch-cord identification tags I posted earlier at:Perhaps it had no significance. It looks like it may be a "fleuron."
>display a symbol, shown enlarged here:
>Initially I didn't pay much attention to it, but I just saw it on an Indiana
>Bell publication being offered on eBay:
>Does anyone know the origin and significance of that symbol?
A fleuron is a typographical ornament that's usually in the shape of
a flower or leaf. It's used by graphic designers to set off a
passage of text, add a little visual style, or just take up space.
In the modern era you don't see them much anymore since things are
digitally produced and many digital font collections don't include
This fleuron in particular (if indeed that's what it is) may have
been used quite a bit by AT&T graphic designers or typesetters? Just
a guess.. I could be wrong. Maybe if you line them up properly they
will provide directions to the nearest underground mainstation in
case of nulcear attack. Who knows? :-)
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