The making of Harry Carter, Typographer

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In this shot the massive double keyboard is visible. Remember that in a diecase (the 15*17 set of matrices for a particular size of a particular typeface) there are full alphabets and all the figures and punctuation for the roman and the italic, plus the small caps. And don't forget all the accented characters that might be necessary. So there must be keys for all these, as well as for other tricky layout instructions to the caster. Each size of each typeface essentially has its own pair of keyboards. And things can be a lot more complicated still.
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