London Upper Case

          ffiffl AEOE
        ---    ?!
  X    Y    Z    AE    OE    U    J     X    Y    Z    £    &    U    J  

This English layout is shown in Atkins: Art & Practice of Printing, vol I, Sayers & Stuart: The Composing Room (1930s) as that in use at the London School of Printing. It is effectively the lay shown by Southward in 1904 (and e.g. Tarr in 1945) and Oldfield in the 1890s, but with all the accents, fractions, signs omitted and ffi and ffl moved to the top row, small cap AE and OE moved to the bottom row, £ and & also moved to the bottom row, and hairs and thins moved to the Lower case. The box with --- is for em dash and the boxes with A, etc are for small caps.

The companion lower case is Atkins. The empty configuration is that of Moxon, and Smith (1755), Luckombe (1771), Stower (1808), Miller & Richard (1873), Southward ((1882), Mackellar (1885), Barnhart Bros & Spindler's News (1890s), Stephenson Blake & Co (1922), Caslon (1925) etc.

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This page was written in 2006 by David Bolton and last updated 8 February 2006.