There is an oft-repeated adage to the effect that generals are always prepared to fight the last [previous] war. My question is where this expression comes from, and, if it's a quotation, who said it and what the exact quotation was.
I am trying to research how a drafting/design department in a large shipyard in the 1950s would have worked, what type of instruments they would have used, how bluelines would be produced, that sort of thing. I know a fair amount in general about graphic design and architecture (I studied both at the Savannah College of Art and Design) but pre-CAD and desktop publishing practices kinda elude me. I have read the articles on Wikipedia and searched google high and low on the topic and found little: everyone states that prior to the advent of graphics-capable computers things were done by hand, but no one is providing specifics that I can use to furnish the interior of a busy shipyard's drafting dept. Can any of you guys help out?