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I knew that one of the places I had to visit at Colonial Williamsburg was the printer's shop. There was a lot to learn from the demonstration. As I have taught, the upper case letters were the letters kept in the upper part of the printer's case, while the lower case letters were sorted into the lower part. We still use these terms today to teach capital and lower-case letters.
As I type onto a keyboard and watch my paragraphs instantly flash onto the computer monitor, it makes me appreciate the work it took to set type, one letter at a time by hand. The tedious work would continue as the broadside was inked and printed, once page at a time on the aptly-titled press before being hung overhead for drying.
The Tuttlite was a very distant cousin to the broadsides being produced in colonial days. Even forty years ago, I had the advantages of using a typewriter and gluing everything together for photographing and plating at the printer. Even the process of the 1980s was archaic compared to today's newspapering. Seeing some of the original processes really puts the timeline into perspective.