M.M.O.P. - Admirers

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Hand setting a line of type matrices (like a master mold) into a composing stick. Once a line has been completed, the composing stick is inserted into the Ludlow, which clamps it firmly in place. Hot metal is then injected through the mold into the matrices, allowed to cool, and then the bottom of the slug is trimmed and ejected. The operator replaces the matrices back into the typecase by hand. With this machine the printer could never run out of sorts (glyphs/type).

Hand setting a line of type matrices (like a master mold) into a composing stick. Once a line has been completed, the composing stick is inserted into the Ludlow, which clamps it firmly in place. Hot metal is then injected through the mold into the matrices, allowed to cool, and then the bottom of the slug is trimmed and ejected. The operator replaces the matrices back into the typecase by hand. With this machine the printer could never run out of sorts (glyphs/type).

You can get your own slug made for a small fee with the price of entry. It is a working foundry. Pictured are the matrices in the composing stick at the bottom and my small slug - pre-trim - across the top. Slab serif 18pt Italic Cairo. I just couldn't resist.

You can get your own slug made for a small fee with the price of entry. It is a working foundry. Pictured are the matrices in the composing stick at the bottom and my small slug - pre-trim - across the top. Slab serif 18pt Italic Cairo. I just couldn't resist.

This is a compositors bench. The cases are full of individual movable type, note the upper case top right - above the lower cases, the steel printers rules to measure point sizes, and loads of metal leading spacers. Character filled cases...bad I know.

This is a compositors bench. The cases are full of individual movable type, note the upper case top right - above the lower cases, the steel printers rules to measure point sizes, and loads of metal leading spacers. Character filled cases...bad I know.

A closer look at the compositors bench. Note the printers chase to the left of the bench with a page worth of type hand set into the forme, ready to go to the press to make a galley proof and be checked for errors.

A closer look at the compositors bench. Note the printers chase to the left of the bench with a page worth of type hand set into the forme, ready to go to the press to make a galley proof and be checked for errors.

Linotype machine c.1960 - the end of an era. Invented in the late 19th c., it produces each line of type as a solid piece, as fast as typing on a keyboard is today. The machine assembles matrices, or molds for the letter forms, in a line. The assembled line is then cast as a single piece in a process known as "hot metal" typesetting. The matrices are then returned to the type magazine, to be reused later. Faster than hand composition this was revolutionary. Next came offset litho and…

Linotype machine c.1960 - the end of an era. Invented in the late 19th c., it produces each line of type as a solid piece, as fast as typing on a keyboard is today. The machine assembles matrices, or molds for the letter forms, in a line. The assembled line is then cast as a single piece in a process known as "hot metal" typesetting. The matrices are then returned to the type magazine, to be reused later. Faster than hand composition this was revolutionary. Next came offset litho and…

Printed example of type, handset one-by-one into a page. Almost tactile quality to the typeface due to the uneven application of ink.

Printed example of type, handset one-by-one into a page. Almost tactile quality to the typeface due to the uneven application of ink.

All 'sorts' of metal letters and glyphs set into a forme ready for the letterpress.

All 'sorts' of metal letters and glyphs set into a forme ready for the letterpress.

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