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I've heard many times that the phrase, "This page intentionally left blank" originated in IBM technical documentation. If this can be corroborated, it should go in the article. Better still would be getting a scan of one of the original official blank pages. Victor Lighthill 16:41, 6 December 2005 (UTC)
- IBM technical manuals from around 1970 (System 360, for the aging geeks here) would be the earliest I recall seeing this usage. I just looked at three "museum items" I've kept from the mid-1960s (for the 7040/7044), and found no examples. I will keep looking. HiLo48 (talk) 03:55, 22 October 2012 (UTC)
Prcotter (talk) 19:02, 1 July 2017 (UTC) I was an IBM systems programmer in 1973. I distinctly remember "TPHBILB" (or some variation thereof). Most important is the reason. As software was changed the technical manuals had to be updated. The manuals were all loose leaf binders so only the changed pages were sent by IBM. These were manually inserted. If part of a document increased in size then you would receive a new 'old' page plus an extra page that may have only a few lines. The opposite side was TPHBILB'ed. Suppose it was a long section of the document, that might mean that (say) 10 pages may have to be shuffled-up. In these cases IBM sometimes added a page BEFORE the change plus the changed page. I do remember one manual (but not which one) where a change at the end of section x was followed by a change in section x+1. This left two contiguous blank pages. Some IBMer with a sense of humour had one page set with "The page opposite has been left intentionally blank". I don't trust myself to do edits, but if there's anything in this comment that can be used please do so.
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- A book was once published in German with the title Advice to Spectators at Chess Tournaments. All the pages, with one exception were completely blank. On this page there were only two words, "Halt's Maul!" which means "Keep your mouth shut!"
-- Chernev, Irving and Reinfeld, Fred, The Fireside Book of Chess, New York: Simon and Schuster, 1949, p 73. (In their "Odd, But True" chapter. It probably appeared first in Chess Review, which appears to be thye source for many of their anecdotes.)
- Some (obviously unreliable) sources made this a three-hundred pages book, but in reality, "Spielregeln für Nicht-Mitspieler" was just a pamphlet by Adolf Roegner (Leipzig) in 1885 (14th edition), first mentioned in August 1880. It consisted of just the covers and a single sheet (2 leaves) of paper inside. 8 sides in total, of which 4 were blank. Background including some scans:
- --Matthiaspaul (talk) 18:28, 26 March 2016 (UTC)
- Well, Chernev and Reinfeld didn't inflate the number of pages, so their description is correct, although the truth is somewhat disappointing. WHPratt (talk) 20:47, 26 March 2016 (UTC)
- However, I see your point: that's hardly enough of a mostly-blank book to qualify, once the facts are in. WHPratt (talk) 23:22, 28 March 2016 (UTC)
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