N.Z.Printing Museum Job Case

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This New Zealand lay is that shown on the New Zealand Printing Museum website in 2015, and also in their Printing Museum Educational Series No.6. A Beginner's Guide for Hand-Setting Type (2011), sourced from the Ferrymead Printing Society (1989). It is unusual in the positioning of p w and y. A case at the Otakou Press in Dunedin also has w in the same position. There are a number of different New Zealand and Australia variations of the California Job case, and also somewhat similar variants, although not a California Job case as such, are New Norcia who put y above the i box, and Glasgow School of Art who put g there, and the B.P.S. who put v there. U.S. lays start 1 and 2 above the i box, and nearly all other lays put spacing there. Another unusual feature is putting ff fi fl ffi ffl in the top right row. Only Shepherd, Sheffield and Melbourne do this, and Glasgow, but one row down, although a few others have some, but not all, of the ligatures in the top row.

The empty configuration is shown as California Job (e.g.Henry 1917). The : ; boxes are smaller than the . - boxes, and in the caps bay, the top and bottom row are smaller boxes than the three middle rows. There is an alternative style with the : and ; boxes the same size as the x and q boxes e.g. Lieberman of 1963, and an earlier style with only the top row of caps smaller than the rest, e.g. Palmer & Rey of 1884.

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This page was written in 2015 by David Bolton and last updated 21 February 2017.