View Full Version : Elite or Pica typeface

nancy sv
11-03-2007, 06:04 AM
An agent wants to see my proposal, but specified either Elite or Pica typeface. I don't have either. Where would one find that?

11-03-2007, 06:24 AM
Sounds very old-fashioned to me. In the typewriter era pica was 12 point and elite was 10 point, but those were non-proportional fonts for typewriters. 12 point courier would be the closest to pica these days, I suppose.

nancy sv
11-03-2007, 06:26 AM
Thanks! I'll put it in 12 point Courier then.

11-03-2007, 08:41 PM
Elite and pica are typewriter terms. So I guess you're just have to find an electric typewriter for that. ;)

Just use Courier.

11-03-2007, 09:13 PM
Who's the agent that they're still referring to typewriter?

11-03-2007, 09:18 PM
Wow, talk about picky. :)

nancy sv
11-03-2007, 10:46 PM
Yeah - it sounds picky to me too. I put the whole thing in Courier and will send it out today. If he doesn't like it, then he isn't someone I want to work with anyway!

11-03-2007, 11:08 PM
I have fond memories of Pica.

Of course, they're from a REALLY LONG TIME AGO. So that's very weird... :)

11-03-2007, 11:32 PM
We had Prestige Elite on our IBM Selectric. Not sure what font it was on my old portable manual.

11-03-2007, 11:34 PM
If this person ends up being your agent, tease them mercilessly.

nancy sv
11-04-2007, 04:37 AM
It seems really odd to me too. I thought I remembered those from my "typing in high school" days. I wonder why he has chosen to stick with that rather than changing his guidelines to say Courier???

11-04-2007, 04:59 AM
I dunno - before the Macintosh (which originally used city names for its fonts!) and MS Windows became popular, "letter quality" computer printers generally only had choices of Pica or Elite for the typewheel or typeball, so even up to then the font names were a holdover from typewriters rather than from printing/typesetting. Maybe he thinks "My guidelines were fine 25 years ago, no reason to change them now."

11-05-2007, 08:46 AM
Wow...now those are terms from the "way back machine." I totally thought you were kidding. I agree with everyone else, courier is probably going to be the closest.

11-05-2007, 08:51 AM
Although I would still really recommend you send it in Courier, I found a Pica type font (http://fonts.goldenweb.it/pan_file/l/en/font2/Pica_10_Pitch_BT.ttf/d2/True_Type_Fonts/c/p/default.html). For whatever that's worth.

nancy sv
11-07-2007, 03:14 AM
Well, I shipped it out in Courier. But - I'll download that font for the next time someone asks for it (yeah, right - like that's gonna happen!)

11-07-2007, 03:16 AM
Wow - those two terms sent me back!

Best of luck, Nancy! :)