Casting some lovely 14pt Garamond italic swash sorts this afternoon. Might still be time to put an order in, if you’re quick…

Casting some lovely 14pt Garamond italic swash sorts this afternoon. Might still be time to put an order in, if you’re quick…

Well, I don’t know about you, but that’s the biggest pile of typemetal ingots in the corner of a room that *I’ve* ever made…

Well, I don’t know about you, but that’s the biggest pile of typemetal ingots in the corner of a room that *I’ve* ever made…

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Adventures in Monotype turned 4 today!

Adventures in Monotype turned 4 today!

20 Aug 2014

Univers Medium 689-7D Absolute pain in the arse, particularly the low unit value characters (4U and 5U). Heads of top 6, top 9, comma often breaking off in mats.  Couldn’t be cast as composition reliably, even with new mats, recently adjusted pump and bridge.

Eventual solution: set justification wedges at 4-14, move character until savers etc under character have a small margin either side, and cast to fill case. Characters are slightly wider than prescribed, but probably imperceptible on the page.

I served a six year apprenticeship at The Ditchling Press in Sussex many years ago and specialized on Monotype casters with some keyboard. I have some Monotype newsletters, a Super caster manual and other stuff. Is there any interest in items like this in the UK. I am now living in Canada. — Asked by Anonymous

Hello!  Sorry, I still don’t seem to get notifications about these messages. There’s always an interest in printing literature, and particularly in Monotype stuff at the moment.  I don’t know where the best place to sell it would be, but if you wanted to donate it to the Type Archive, I’m sure it would be very gratefully received.

Did Monotype ever used to cast @ symbols? I can never seem to find any both in their castings or their specimens! — Asked by Anonymous

@ symbols were cut in many different styles, but they weren’t designed as part of a series: they’re separate, special number matrices.  Back then, of course, they didn’t have the same use as they did now - if you’re interested, James Mosely’s Typefoundry blog has a great post about them: http://typefoundry.blogspot.co.uk/

HiCan you give me a refresher tutorial on a Original Heidelberg Platen? I live in Kendal, Cumbria. I haven't used a Windmill for 40 years. I'm now 57. Thanks. Enda Farrell. Tel: 07515874943. Thanks. — Asked by Anonymous

Hi Enda; though I can run jobs on the platen, I’m very much not the man to give you a refresher course.  If you can make it down to London, I know a few people who could probably help, though they’d be quite busy.

I'm making a book about true type foundries for a graduate class, I was curious if I could pick your brain and use some photos? — Asked by mlkandtoast

There are many people who know more about ‘true’ type foundries than I do. Your best bet would be to have a look through a copy of ‘A history of the old english letter foundries’ and take it from there, to be honest.

Pressing a fount of 28-13 fraktur mats at the Type Archive today. Some really big punches, especially at 13pt, so it’s time for the special bronze stock we use for punches that come close to the edge of the matrix blank. Ah, metallurgy…

Pressing a fount of 28-13 fraktur mats at the Type Archive today. Some really big punches, especially at 13pt, so it’s time for the special bronze stock we use for punches that come close to the edge of the matrix blank. Ah, metallurgy…