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type case

A California Job Case is a kind of type case: a compartmentalized wooden box used to store movable type used in letterpress printing.


Traditionally, upper and lower case type were each kept in a separate case (or tray). As printers became more mobile, a combined case became preferred as it was easier to transport. The combined case became very popular during the western expansion of the United States in the 19th century.


Letterpress workshop

Instructor: N. Adam Beadel


Peck School of Arts, UMW

Milwaukee, Wisconsin '12


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Taken on August 2, 2012