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This U.S. lay is the Wells' Two Font shown in American Type Founders Desk Book of Type and Printing Materials (October 1900), and American Line Type Book (1906), and Barnhardt Bros & Spindler Book of Type Specimens No.9 (1907) and Hamilton Manufacturing Company: Modern Cabinets, Furniture and Materials for Printers, Catalog 14 (c.1907). Hamilton Manufacturing acquired Heber Wells in 1898 and the case is the Wells Job model 2765 in Hamilton Manufacturing Co Modern Printing Office Furniture Catalog 15 (1922) and Catalog 16 (c.1932), and in American Type Founders Catalogue (1923) and is the model 12765 in Thompson Cabinet Co Equipment for Printing Plants Catalog 47 (c.1949) and the Thompson model 12765-T in Missouri-Central Type Foundry Price List (1959). The case was first produced by Heber Wells of New York, probably in 1898, and is described in The Inland Printer of March 1899 as the latest style of Wells' Strong Slat cases, meeting with great favour. It is designed for two founts of caps and figures, with the cap boxes holding one third more than the standard News Cap boxes. It is also usable for a cap and lower fount.
The Æ box also holds Œ. The lay of Polk's Hamilton Double Cap case (1964) is identical. The typecase is 323/16 x 165/8 inches. The empty case configuration is Wells Job.
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