California Two Third Case

Two Third Dearing Job Case

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This U.S. lay is shown in Palmer & Rey's Specimen Book of 1892, as being that adopted by all the prominent offices of the Pacific Coast. They describe the case as the best two third Job made, and the most popular in the country, able to hold 99% of the founts sold. It is also shown in American Type Founders' Co. Pacific Coast Blue Book: Specimens of Type, Printing Machinery, Printing Material of 1896. There is a later, slightly different lay shown by e.g. Hamilton in 1897, with the case called Two Third Dearing. Pryor (in Printing Historical Society Journal No.7, 1972) notes that Dearing, who was the salesman for Read (the agents for Miller & Richard), conceived the Two-Thirds Job Case (often called the California Two-Third Case) around 1876.

The empty case is California Two Third. The Two-Third case is exactly the same style as the full-size one, apart from being 213/4 x 165/8 ins rather than 323/16 x 165/8 ins. The left hand (lower case) bay is wider than the right (caps) bay. Note the pattern of the capitals bay, ie 1 short row and four tall rows - known as the California pattern (cf Hamilton Manufacturing).

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This page was written in 2001 by David Bolton and last updated 12 March 2009.