print: old school

Last Wednesday my seminar called "What Is A Book?" visited the printing shop of Peter Koch. He let us take some of his extra/defective prints:

Um, I think you can sort of see it in the above pictures, but the letters are actually punched into the paper and make indentations. Because they're done on old school printing presses where you have to physically arrange the letter punches.

Did you know that the reason letters are called upper-case and lower-case is because way back when, printers had cases of letter punches, and the ABCs were kept in the case on top (the upper case) and the abcs were kept in the case on the bottom (the lower case)?

Here are some letter punches he also let us take:

I took what is, from left to right, either an italicized x or the Greek letter chi, a question mark, and a capital A.
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