Published on March 11, 2014
THE HISTORY OF UK SIZE PAPERS Tracing the development of different size papers in the UK
PRIOR TO THE INTRODUCTION OF THE ISO STANDARD IN 1959, IMPERIAL PAPER SIZES WERE WIDELY USED IN THE UK Old English paper and book sizes Emperor = 72 ins x 48 ins Antiquarian = 53 ins x 31 ins Grand Eagle = 42 ins x 28.75 ins Colombier = 34.5 ins x 23.5 ins Atlas = 34 ins x 26 ins Imperial = 30 ins x 22 ins Pinched Post = 28.5 ins x 14.75 ins Elephant = 28 ins x 23 ins Princess = 28 ins x 21.5 ins Cartridge = 26 ins x 21 ins Royal = 25 ins x 20 ins Sheet and 1/2 Post = 23.5 ins x 19.5 ins Old English paper and book sizes Medium = 23 ins x 18 ins Demy = 22.5 ins x 17.5 ins Large Post = 21 ins x 16.5 ins Copy Draught = 20 ins x 16 ins Small Demy = 20 ins x 15.5 ins Crown = 20 ins x 15 ins Post = 19.25 ins x 15.5 ins Foolscap = 17 ins x 13.5 ins Brief = 16 ins x 13.5 ins Small Foolscap = 16.5 ins x 13.25 ins Pott = 15 ins x 12.5 ins
THE PREVIOUS TABLE IS THE FULL SIZE OF EACH FORMAT. EACH SIZE CAN ALSO BE FOLDED AS NEEDED, AND THESE ARE ALSO GIVEN NAMES. THE PAPER SIZE COMBINED WITH THE NUMBER OF FOLDS RESULTS TO A SPECIFIC SHEET SIZE. EXAMPLES FOR THE IMPERIAL SIZE ARE:
Standard sizes for Commercial Cut Paper Brief = 13" x 16" Draft = 10" x 16" Foolscap = 8" x 13" Quarto = 8" x 10" Medium Quarto = 8.5" x 11" 6-mo = 8" x 6.75" 8-vo = 8" x 5"
IN 1959, THE BRITISH STANDARDS INSTITUTE ADOPTED THE INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS ORGANISATION (ISO) SYSTEM OF SIZES FOR PAPERS USED IN PRINTING AND WRITING.
THE ISO SYSTEM ISO is a practical and economical system of paper sizes. If you put two pages of one paper size next to each other, or cut it parallel to its shorter side into two equal pieces, the resulting page will have again the same width/height ratio.
THE A, B, C SIZE SERIES ISO is defined on 3 general paper formats for trimmed paper end sizes: • The A Series is based on a rectangle with an area of one square metre, referred to as AO (841 x 1189mm). • The B series of sizes are based on a basic sheet size of 1000 x 1414mm. • The C series of sizes are based on a basic sheet size of 917 x 1297mm. Common uses for papers in the ISO system A sizes For general printing and stationery A4 is usually used for business stationery, brochures, booklets etc A5 is commonly used for smaller items such as leaflets/flyers etc. A6 is the international postcard size. A7 for labels etc. A8 for business cards B sizes for posters, wall charts, some maps and some larger envelopes C sizes for general envelopes or folders to contain A sizes
UNTRIMMED RAW PAPER SIZES Other ISO standards define the format series RA and SRA for untrimmed raw paper. These formats are only slightly larger than the corresponding A series formats. Sheets in these formats will be cut to the end format after binding. RA Series Formats SRA Series Formats RA0 860 × 1220 SRA0 900 × 1280 RA1 610 × 860 SRA1 640 × 900 RA2 430 × 610 SRA2 450 × 640 RA3 305 × 430 SRA3 320 × 450 RA4 215 × 305 SRA4 225 × 320 These are common untrimmed paper formats that printers order from paper manufacturers. The RA and SRA dimensions are also used as roll widths in rotating printing presses.
HOW DO THE IMPERIAL PAPER SIZES COMPARE TO THE MODERN ISO SIZES?
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