A large wooden type case containing about 400 pieces of lead type.
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This labour intensive process required great skill and workers had to master the layout of the cases before they could work efficiently. Type was carefully arranged in the individual compartments with commonly used letters to the left. Newspapers began to adopt faster printing technology after the Linotype machine was invented in the 1880s but individual letters of type were still widely used by newspaper publishers to produce advertisements, posters and even wedding invitations until the 1970s.