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Faded Writing: Old alphabets, modern paper sizes and space to write more...

Image: The Intial Teaching Alphabet (ITA). [Click for larger image]
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Faded Writing: Old alphabets, modern paper sizes and space to write more...


The Initial Teaching Alphabet (ITA) spelling system was designed by Sir James Pitman (grandson of the man who devised shorthand) to help young children learn to read more quickly.

There are 44 characters in the Initial Teaching Alphabet...

It uses the 26 letters of the Roman alphabet and another 14 characters to represent sounds such as "oo" and "th". Sentences written in ITA are all in lower case.

ITA was introduced into selected schools in England in 1961. Both the children (and their parents!) had to master the use of the expanded alphabet in all of their schoolwork. Of course, ITA was only was only an interim solution to reading and writing and consequently, after the age of seven, the proper alphabet had to be learnt!

Many 'learning to read' books were produced in ITA and a popular series was 'The Downing Readers".

The Downing Readers, by John Downing. Initial Teaching Publishing Co. Ltd, London. 1965 price 3/6

  1. paul (16 pages)
  2. sally (32 pages)
  3. hulloe and good-bie (32 pages)
  4. the nue hors
  5. cum heer jet (32 pages)
  6. paul's bird taebl (48 pages)
  7. zip and his car (48 pages)
  8. goeing too scool (Revised edition 32 pages)
  9. get up zip
  10. up the tree

1 paul 2 sally 3 hulloe and good-bie 5 cum heer jet 6 paul's bird taebl 7 zip and his car 8r goeing to scool

See http://itafoundation.org/ for more about ITA.

Paper Sizes

A0 1189 x 841 mm

A1 841 x 594 mm

A2 594 x 420 mm

A3 420 x 297 mm

A4 297 x 210 mm

A5 210 x 148 mm

A6 148 x 105 mm  

This page www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~mgk25/iso-paper.html clearly explains the derivations of paper sizes.

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