Letter by letter, line by line, the characters came together on
a device known as a COMPOSING STICK. Once the letters
were arranged in a desired, functional order, they were
transferred and locked into a rectangular steel frame called
a CHASE. The chase was placed on the letterpress where the
characters would perform their service.
By the late 20th century the hard consistency of form had
completely degenerated into a collection of illuminated dots
that are as malleable as a lump of soft clay...