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Type case

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There are two separate cases, or drawers, that make up a Western font. The one kept nearest the person setting type is the lower one, and hence (really) contains lower case letters; the one that’s not shown here, higher and further back, is the upper case, and has the capital, or upper case, letters. The slot on each letter lets you feel with your hand that the letter is the right way up. The larger compartment is for “e” since there are more of them than of other letters: each letter has its own compartment. Not many people use moveable type—here, cold metal type—for printing any more!

Photograph taken at Coach House Press, in Toronto, with kind permission of Stan Bevington, the proprietor.


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Casio Computer Co., Ltd EX-Z4
Lens: Fixed
Focal Length: 5.8mm
ISO: 200
Aperture: f/2.6
Exposure Time: 0.125 seconds
Exposure Program: Program AE
Flash: Off, Did not fire
Date: 2004:07:22 16:44:38


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