The Perfect Screw
The Case of the
Back in junior high school, in one of the
vocational classes that you could take, alongside woodshop,
I forget the name of the class, but everyone had a California Job Case -- a big wooden box about 2 feet by 3 feet by 8
inches deep, filled with compartments.
in each compartment there was type -- the metal type pieces -- for each
letter of the alphabet and numbers too.
And the order of the compartments was similar to the typewriter, so that
often-used letters such as "e" were in a compartment in the middle of the
case. And so as you put type together in a block for printing, you'd pull
the metal type pieces out of the California Job Case.
It was mandatory in the 1970's to teach
how to create a print block by putting pieces of type together -- in
case you ever got a job in the print field you'd be prepared.
In the 1990's, before eBay, I longed for a
California Job Case to use as a screw holder. Nowaday's you can find one
on eBay for 25 bucks.
Letterpress shown here (at Print Shop in historic Richmondtown on Staten
Island) includes California Job Cases.