Uppercase, lowercase

Did you know that the origin of the words uppercase and lowercase dates back to the early days of the printing press?

Individual letters were stored in compartmentalised cases. The more commonly used ‘small’ letters were kept in the lower case, within easy reach of the typesetter. The capitals and accented letters were kept in the upper case – a little further to reach because they weren’t required as often.

Cases of type

Cases of type at Ditchling Museum.