As I get into my New Year’s cleaning and organizing mode, I thought that I would touch base on the California Job Case (CJC).
The origins of the CJC is not very clear, and based on my personal research on the web, there are many theories on how the case came into existence, however there is not much debate on its purpose.
The CJC is comprised of 89 compartments for upper case, lower case, figures, special characters, spacers and punctuation marks. The layout is believed to have evolved into a scheme that was made to help printers as they picked type for their printing jobs. The bigger compartments are for the most used letters, and vice-versa for the lowercase letters. In addition, the letters most used were place in a spot that were easy to reach.
I was able to get my hands on a couple of cases from Don Black for the two fonts that I currently own. I decided to sit one night and clean out the drawers and type, and now have a very clean and organized case. Can’t wait for my next visit, and am daydreaming of the next font to purchase.
Hmmmmm, any suggestions?