Assume that a certain word is capitalised, for example "Microsoft."
Say (for whatever reason, perhaps slang) you were going to shorten that certain word, using an apostrophe.
Today, I'd say we would write: 'soft
(So for example: "I've worked at 'soft for years...")
We would not (I'd say) keep the capitalisation through the contraction. (So, I'd say, we would not write "I've worked at 'Soft for years...")
Question: what happened in 1850?
(Of course, the overall study of changes in capitalisation is a big topic; hopefully there's an expert here.)
PS. Please do not edit italics in to this question, as italics makes it a little hard to follow apostrophes perfectly, thanks.
Still very little information on this, other than one (great) example found by Stoney. Anyone??