Empty Paterson Job Case


This U.S. case configuration is shown by American Type Founders, American Line Type Book - Borders, Ornaments - Price List Printers Material and Machines (Boston 1906) and Barnhart Brothers & Spindler: Book of Type Specimens No.9 (1907) and Hamilton Manufacturing Company, Modern Cabinets, Furniture and Materials for Printers, Catalog 14 (c.1907). The latter two label the case 'Patterson' and not 'Paterson'. The case is almost identical to the Paterson case shown by American Type Founders: Specimen of Wood Type and Catalogue of Wood Goods and Materials (1893) and Bruce Type Foundry: Handy Book of Printing Types (c1899) and American Type Founders: Desk Book of Type and Printing Materials (1900) and the Hamilton case in a different American Type Line Book (1906), and in Long: Wood Type & Printing Collectibles (1980). However, all the latter have one extra box above the e box.

The case as shown above is not quite correct, as in the right hand bay, the bottom four rows should all have the same size boxes (the fifth row from the top correctly has smaller boxes than all the other rows). In the earlier illustrations, all the rows seem to be the same size.

The case is capable of holding small caps, because the upper bay has 9 rows of 7 boxes (most Job cases have 5 rows, and earlier ones have 7 rows). An alternative approach to holding the extra letters was the New York job case which had 5 rows in the caps bay, but also had 2 additional cap rows in the lower case bays.

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This page was written in 1997 by David Bolton and last updated 30 December 2015.