United States Upper Case

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This U.S. lay is shown by McPharlin in Typophile Chapbook VII, 1942, as that given in Adams: Typographia, 1854. It differs from Adams' MacKellar of 1845. It also differs from MacKellar of 1870. The lay is almost the same as Harpel: Typograph or Book of Specimens (1870) except that Harpel has AE OE & with AE OE &. Harpel also comments that if being used for job letters, the top row of signs is replaced by . , - ' ; : ! ?

Note that subsequent Upper Case lays show the caps moved to the right, and small caps to the left, eg Lockwood (1894).

The boxes with A, etc are small caps. The box with ¦ is really a single dagger, and the box with ¦¦ a double dagger. The boxes «, «», » are really bottom, middle, top of a 3 piece brace. The box with -- is really an em rule, --- a 2em rule, and ---- a 3em rule. The box with { is a 2em brace, and the larger one a 3em brace.

The empty case configuration is that of Moxon, and Smith (1755), Luckombe (1771), Stower (1808), Johnson (1824), Savage (1841), Miller & Richard (1873), Barnhart Bros & Spindler's News (1890s), Stephenson Blake & Co (1922), Caslon (1925) etc.

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This page was written in 2004 by David Bolton and last updated 5 March 2004.