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KING OF CHAOS

             by Bob Richardson (9718)

LETTERPRESS                                 John Franklin Earhart was born on 12th March

PRINTING IS ALL 1853 near Columbus, Ohio, to George and

ABOUT ORDER.                                Mary Earhart. Although he grew up on a

Neatness, careful                           small farm in Reynoldsburgh, he was a man

measurement and of some arƟsƟc talent and harnessed his

precision are the                           creaƟve energies in a number of ways. His

r guiding principles parents moved to Columbus when he was

which allow a chase about ten years old and he aƩended public

full of type to be                          schools there unƟl the age of sixteen. The

locked-up securely death of his father made it necessary for him

before prinƟng. The inflexibility of type-metal to abandon his educaƟon and find a job. He

and convenƟonal spacing materials means     obtained work as a trainee cabinet maker, a

that a fracƟon of a point may be enough to  role which gave him a good understanding

prevent a solid lock-up, yet despite this there of the characterisƟcs of wood, something

was once a place for “chaos” in the print   which he would use to his advantage in later

shop and indeed it was fashionable, but the life. AŌer several years as a carpenter he was

process which harnessed disorder is now     offered an opportunity to work in the prinƟng

largely forgoƩen and the techniques involved trade and joined the office of the Ohio State

are all but lost. J. F. Earhart was the inventor Journal. His new employer, William H. Paul, a

of a prinƟng process used for a short period kindly man and a very talented printer, taught

in the late 19th century which relied upon the him a great deal. Towards the end of his life

unpredictable and random qualiƟes of chaos. Earhart said “I believe that it was his (Paul’s)

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