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…

There’s something very pleasing about a galley full of brand new type. Solid, good face, square edges- magic.

There’s something very pleasing about a galley full of brand new type. Solid, good face, square edges- magic.

You have a photo of freshly-punched comp mats which need to be finished. Do you do that at Hand and Eye, or is this being done at the Type Museum? If this is done at the Type Museum, do you know what they are charging these days for comp (up to 14 pt.) mats? Thanks, Greg Walters in the USA. — Asked by Anonymous

Hi Greg; all matrix making is done at the Type Archive.  Off the top of my head, I’m not sure how much matrices are, but I think it’s something like £5.50.  







I’m going to be casting some 48pt Baskerville italic (series 169) on the Super Caster tomorrow; if you order some now, you can avoid paying the matrix hire cost (normally £85).To keep costs down, it’ll be cast as ‘light type’: a scalloped body to reduce the amount of metal used. Given that this is a large face, a quarter fount comes out to be quite expensive, so we’re also offering what I’ve decided to call a ‘drop cap’ fount, as follows:3A 2B 3C 3D 3E 2F 2G 2G 3I 2J 2K 2L 2M 3N 2O 2P 2Q 3R 3S 2T 2U 2V 2W 2X 2Y 1ZQuarter fount (10A 18a) £200 plus shippingDrop cap fount (3A etc) £75 plus shippingAs ever, email monotype@handandeye.co.uk if you’d like to place an order.
I’m going to be casting some 48pt Baskerville italic (series 169) on the Super Caster tomorrow; if you order some now, you can avoid paying the matrix hire cost (normally £85).

To keep costs down, it’ll be cast as ‘light type’: a scalloped body to reduce the amount of metal used. Given that this is a large face, a quarter fount comes out to be quite expensive, so we’re also offering what I’ve decided to call a ‘drop cap’ fount, as follows:

3A 2B 3C 3D 3E 2F 2G 2G 3I 2J 2K 2L 2M 3N 2O 2P 2Q 3R 3S 2T 2U 2V 2W 2X 2Y 1Z

Quarter fount (10A 18a) £200 plus shipping
Drop cap fount (3A etc) £75 plus shipping

As ever, email monotype@handandeye.co.uk if you’d like to place an order.