|Our Albion Press|
This press was rescued from the dirt under a house: we expect to be able to print on it soon. Meantime we have several other presses in use, and about 40 presses total.
STOP PRESS NEWS!|
As of early 2005, this press is now in use and visiting artists have produced many unique posters and broadsheets. Would you like to have a go?
One of our 40 or so linecasters: a model 14, made in New York in the 1920's. Still working fairly well.
|Monotype Supercaster Matrix|
Three mats from Garamond Alternate Italic, 72 point.
A box of 85 or so of these make a fount of matrices. We have about a thousand such boxes. And that's just for the Supercaster system: there are more again for the Monotype Compo Caster, Thompson Typecaster, Linotype / Intertype and Ludlow.
A line, in a composing stick, of Record Gothic Medium Condensed, 24 point.
A fount of mats for the Ludlow carries several of each letter, totalling between 200 and 800 pieces. The Museum carries just under one thousand founts.
A few letters in Times Roman, 8 point, made on the Monotype system.
The craftsmanship that went into designing the punches and matrices for typecasting is evident in this close up.
For an even closer shot of a type, look in our Industry Index. (That shot may not be on-line yet.)
|Making a Print
A great pleasure to the Museum people is seeing young artists make use of our presses and types to express their ideas. Letterpress provides a simple and inexpensive way to add a message to any kind of image.
These visitors were making the last of three passes on a series of posters to publicise their artists' festival. The posters are already in demand as collectors' items.