Silverback wrote: Give Garamond a shot and see if you can find some very pale recycled salmon pink paper to print on. It may look even more effective.
I've looked but I hadn't seen any 8.5"x14" paper in anything other than white and obnoxious colors. White works, not perfect, but near enough. I find that players will "forgive" little things like that - not even noticing if the prop is substantial enough.
As for the font.
I'll give it another look this week when I put the paper together, but I originally chose a courier font because its one of those fonts that wasn't "too" similar to anything regularly used in print today, but also one with an "older" feel... maybe more "simple" look for the Victorian print capabilities, even though I know its likely not historically accurate.
I find that in good design, the "impression" of a feeling is actually better than exact accuracy when it comes to giving something a genre/tone flavor.
who knows, its a mystery!