Typotheque: From Lettering Guides to CNC Plotters - A Brief History of Technical Lettering Tools by Florian Hardwig, Thomas ...

This article highlights some major steps in the historical development of lettering tools for drafting. Technical lettering devices were used for inscribing or marking technical drawings, architectural plans, maps, and other documents. By the beginning of the 20th century, in the aftermath of the Second Industrial Revolution, a need arose for accelerating the speed not only of production, but also of drafting.