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The "Ladies Telegraph fan" from 1798. It was regarded as a conversation fan, designed for conversing across a room by moving tabs denoting letters. Words and sentences could be spelled with the aid of a color chart and engraved instructions on the back of the fan. Over time, an entire "fan etiquette" evolved with subtle hand gestures to signal certain intentions to a familiar suitor. It really was the cell phone of the 17th century.

‘Handmade Type’ is a self-initiated typographic experiment by New York-based designer Tien-Min Liao that explores the relationship between uppercase and lowercase letters and records the transformation between them. In this experiment, Liao drew shapes with ink on one or both of her hands, manipulating her gestures into the corresponding shape to signify an uppercase letter. […]

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