A lesson in type

While visiting King’s Landing Historical Settlement, a living history museum of a 19th century village near Fredericton, New Brunswick, I learned a lesson in the origin of words.

The printer showed us a box filled with metal typefaces used for printing on letterpress printing machines. He said the individual capital letters were kept in the top of the case and the small letters were kept near the bottom – that’s why we now call them “uppercase” and “lowercase” letters.

Neat, don’t you think?