[Ads-l] Dingbat (UNCLASSIFIED)

Geoffrey Steven Nathan geoffnathan at WAYNE.EDU
Mon Mar 23 19:01:52 UTC 2015

According to one (somewhat random) Pinterest website I turned up, Dingbats date back to 1911 where they were weird underground creatures who populated calendars distributed by Frosst (taken over by Merck) to physicians. 
When I was a kid in the fifties I loved them (my father was a physician). 


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> From: "Bill CIV Mullins (US)" <william.d.mullins18.civ at MAIL.MIL>
> Sent: Monday, March 23, 2015 1:59:53 PM
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> OED has 1918 for "dingbat" =3D hobo

> _The Typographical Journal_ Oct 1903 p 375
> "I'm the box car artist who scorns what brakeys say;
> I'm the dude of the dingbat on the great panhandle line"
> Google books
> https://books.google.com/books?id=3DER8YAAAAYAAJ&pg=3DPA375#v=3Donepage&q&f=
> =3Dfalse

> For the ornamental piece of type, it has 1921.

> _The Inland Printer_ Nov 1914 p 193
> "The ornament cases were full of little flowers and dingbats and
> logotype "=
> and's," "the's," and "of's," and bits of artistically mutilated brass
> rule,=
> remnants of a by-gone day, "when the typographic art was in its
> glory," as=
> Bumpus frequently remarked to his friends."
> Google books=20
> https://books.google.com/books?id=3DHTY_AQAAMAAJ&pg=3DPA195

> _Postage_ Jan 1918 p. 6
> "The result is a new publication with generous-sized pages, giving
> plenty o=
> f room for display advertising, big, jolly dingbats by that
> delightfully hu=
> morous artist John Bliss, and just enough Thomas Drier copy mixed in
> to tak=
> e the commercial curse off the thing and make it interesting reading
> even f=
> or those who think they are not interested in office equipment."
> Google books
> https://books.google.com/books?id=3D1AA_AQAAMAAJ&pg=3DPT11#v=3Donepage&q&f=
> =3Dfalse

> _The Washington Newspaper_ Vol 4 1918 p. 85
> "They would rather listen to the editor of a daily tell them how to
> write a=
> pyramidal head or a hanging head, or how to make some other
> symmetrical di=
> ngbats that nobody cares a whoop for except some other printer."
> Google books
> https://books.google.com/books?id=3D555HAQAAIAAJ&pg=3DRA1-PA85&dq#v=3Donepa=
> ge&q&f=3Dfalse

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> Caveats: NONE

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