Australian California Job Case

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This layout is shown in the Western Australia Education Department, Technical Extension Service: Course for Composing Apprentices (c.1960), and is the lay in use in 2017 at the Whiteman Park Print Shop near Perth. It keeps to the English practice of mids and thins above the i box, and as the booklet points out, the lay is practically the same as their bookwork lays, i.e. their Upper and Lower if combined into the one case, and dropping the accents, fractions and signs (being seldom used in modern hand composing). It is fairly close to the English lay given by Whetton (1946 to 1965), with e.g. q, and z and x, but for example Whetton keeps ae oe separate from AE OE, and does not have a box for hair spaces. Melbourne Museum of Printing showed a somewhat similar lay, but with ligatures on the top right and punctuation on the top left, and they also had cards showing a different Job Case style of case with seven rows for the upper case, and capitals startying at the top.

Note that the diagram above is not quite correct as the boxes for ffi and 7 and 8 should be the same size as those for ffl and 9 and 0. The empty configuration is U.S. California Job. Lays in the U.S., by contrast, put q where x is, ffl where J is, and start the figures above the i box, instead of the spacing. See for example, California Job of 1897 or the more modern California Job of 1997.

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This page was written in 2006 by David Bolton and last updated 22 February 2020.