Uppercase and Lowercase?

Ever wondered where the terms Uppercase and Lowercase came from?     

No, me neither, but it's quite interesting!


Back in the mid 15th century, Letterpress printing was invented by Johannes Gutenberg.  It involved using 'type', which were individual letters, usually made from metal, which had to be inserted into slip-cases to make up words and sentences one letter at a time.  Once the printed page had been composed, ink was run over the typewith a rubber roller which was then impressed onto the page, transferring the ink to the page.  These letters were stored in type cases like those in the picture, with the capital letters in the upper-case and small letters in the easier to reach lower-case.  Hence we have Upper and Lower case today.  A very time consuming process, but there are still forms of this print method in use today.

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