Empty California Job Case


This U.S. case configuration matches that of Palmer & Rey, New Specimen Book 1884, and Hamilton Manufacturing Co, Catalog c.1897, both illustrated in Pryor: History of the California Job Type Case in Journal of the Printing Historical Society No.7 1972. It is also in Palmer & Rey, Type Specimen Book 1892, and American Type Founders, Specimen of Wood Type and Catalogue of Printers Wood Goods and Materials 1893, and Cleveland Type Foundry, Catalogue and Book of Specimens of Type Faces and Printing Material and Machinery, 1895 (shown as a Hamilton case), and American Type Founders, Pacific Coast Blue Book - Specimens of Type, Printing Machinery, Printing Material 1896, and Desk Book of Type and Printing Materials 1900, and American Line Type Book 1906, and Barnhart Bros & Spindler, Pony Specimen 1893, and Book of Type Specimens No.9 1907, and Hamilton Manufacturing Company, Modern Cabinets, Furniture and Materials for Printers, Catalog 14 c.1907 and Bruce Type Foundry Handy Book of Printing Types c.1899, and De Vinne Practice of Typography, Modern Methods of Book Composition 1904, and 1914, and Hague Textbook of Printing Occupations 1922, and as a Hamilton case in Long Wood Type and Printing Collectibles 1980, and, shown diagrammatically, by Polk The Practice of Printing 1926. Pryor dates its introduction as 1874 and states it had become the most popular U.S. typecase by the early 1890s. De Vinne refers to these cases with five upper case rows as Job or Italic, although the earlier Job and Italic cases had seven rows, for example Harpel 1870.

The upper case bay has one row of small boxes, and four rows of larger boxes, but there is a later variation of the case, with one short row, three tall rows and one short row, as shown by Henry Printing for School and Shop 1917, and Polk Vocational Printing 1918, and Hamilton Manufacturing Co Catalog 15 1922 and Catalog 16 c.1930, and American Type Founders Specimen Book 1923, and Polk The Practice of Printing 1926, 1937 and still in 1964, and Atkins Art & Practice of Printing 1932, and Thompson Cabinet Co Catalog 47 1949, and Polk & Gage A Composition Manual 1953, and Missouri-Central Type Foundry Price List 1959. These all have the boxes for : and ; smaller than the boxes for . and - but there is a later variation with the : and ; boxes the same size as the . - boxes, shown by Whetton Practical Printing & Binding 1946 and still in 1965, and Stephenson Blake & Co Printing Equipment 1960s, and Lieberman Printing as a Hobby 1963, and Kelsey Printers Supply Book 1969, and Zapf Standard Lay of the Case 1978, and American Printing Equipment & Supply Co Catalog 1983.

The early type lay can be seen as Palmer & Rey 1884, and later Hamilton 1897. A modern U.S. version is Polk & Gage, the latter also showing some of the minor variations. The empty two-third case is Two Third but there is some confusion between this and the Two Third Yankee.

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This page was written in 1998 by David Bolton and last updated 9 January 2016.